Christine Blasey Ford (shown above right) completely upended the final days of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation process when she publicly accused him this past Sunday of “trying to attack me and remove my clothing” in an article for The Washington Post.
Ford initially leveled anonymous sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh (above left) in July — the same month that President Donald Trump nominated him to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
But it wasn’t until Sunday that she publicly came forward in claiming that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a party in Maryland, when they were both teens in high school.
Ford initially detailed her allegations to Feinstein through her congresswoman, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.). Feinstein’s failure to disclose the accusations publicly until the 11th hour of the confirmation process earned intense backlash.
Although the Senate Committee on the Judiciary originally was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Thursday before sending the vote to the full Senate shortly thereafter, that vote is now officially delayed until Kavanaugh and Ford have the chance to testify publicly on September 24. (Ford, apparently, has not yet officially confirmed she will appear on Monday.)
Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied Ford’s accusations, saying he has “never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.”
Trump and other White House officials are still supporting Kavanaugh’s nomination while urging the Senate to conduct a fair and thorough investigation into Ford’s allegations.
After Ford derailed Kavanaugh’s confirmation so late in the process, here are the six things you absolutely must know about the accuser:
1.) Ford is a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in northern California. The university’s website says Ford is a biostatistician “who specializes in the design and analysis of clinical trials and other forms of intervention evaluation.”
2.) Ford claims that Kavanaugh “was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” The Washington Post article described how Ford feared a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh “might inadvertently kill me” as he allegedly cornered her in a bedroom during a party in “the early 1980s.”
3.) Ford insists she told no one about her claims until 2012. The professor told The Post that she first spoke of the alleged incident during a couples therapy session with her husband, although the therapist’s notes failed to include Kavanaugh’s name. Another session in 2013 included her account of a “rape attempt” in high school.
4.) Ford’s husband says she feared in 2012 that Kavanaugh could be nominated to the Supreme Court. Russell Ford told The Post that his wife used Kavanaugh’s last name during a session in 2012 “and voiced concern that Kavanaugh — then a federal judge — might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.”
5.) Ford has donated to Democratic causes. A registered Democrat, Ford, now 51, has donated to liberal causes and groups such as ActBlue, according to The Wall Street Journal. ActBlue is “a nonprofit, building fundraising technology for the Left” with a mission “to democratize power and help small-dollar donors make their voices heard in a real way,” according to its website.
6.) Ford passed a polygraph test regarding her accusations in August. The Post reported that Ford passed the test administered to her by a former FBI agent in August after her attorney recommended she take it.
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