- The White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, said Monday that the woman who accused the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault “should not be insulted and she should not be ignored.”
- Conway appeared on “Fox & Friends” less than a day after The Washington Post published a story in which Christine Blasey Ford identified herself as the previously anonymous accuser.
- Ford said Monday that she would testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and “do whatever it takes to get her story forth.”
Less than a day after the woman who accused the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault revealed her identity, the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway encouraged lawmakers to listen to the woman’s story.
Conway said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning that the woman “should not be insulted and she should not be ignored.”
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Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, identified herself to The Washington Post in an article published Sunday that further detailed her allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh when both were teenagers.
On Monday, Ford offered through her lawyer to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and “do whatever it takes to get her story forth,” according to CNN.
Conway said officials should support Ford’s right and willingness to testify while preparing for a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“Allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony about these specific allegations, would be added to the considerable mountain of evidence and the considerations folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh,” she said.
Conway said conversations with President Donald Trump and other lawmakers had given her confidence the committee would determine “how and through which forum” Ford would be able to testify.
Conway added, however, that other parts of Kavanaugh’s vetting had led her to think of him as a “man of character and integrity.”
“He also has been lauded from women from every aspect of his life and this is significant … for a man of character and integrity to be spoken about so highly by women who maybe didn’t vote for President Trump, maybe don’t call themselves Republicans,” Conway said, referring to a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh since high school.
The Post published previously unknown details from Ford, who alleges that a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her at a high-school party in the 1980s while his friend watched.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
The Post described evidence appearing to show Ford had made the allegation in private years before Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Post said it had reviewed notes from therapy sessions that included mention of a “rape attempt” by students from an “elitist boys school” who would become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.” The notes did not mention Kavanaugh by name.
Ford told The Post she decided to come forward after she feared for her privacy and story’s accuracy after reporters visited her at home and at work and after one reporter called her colleagues.
Kavanaugh’s nomination had already faced resistance from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee and scores of protesters who have expressed concerns over his record on issues such as abortion and gun control.
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