Lawyers Say Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford's Family Moved Out of Their Home Due to Death Threats

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On Sunday, clinical psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape at a party when he was 17 and she was 15 (a charge Kavanaugh denies) in a Washington Post interview. Three days later, she and her family are reportedly already facing drastic, punishing consequences.


The New York Times reported on Tuesday evening that Ford’s lawyers delivered a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), which states that the professor has been left with no choice but to leave her home due violent threats made against her and her family. The letter also says Ford’s email was hacked. According to the lawyers’ letter:

“In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country. At the same time, however, her worst fears have materialized. She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats. As a result of these kinds of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home. Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.”

In the letter, Ford’s lawyers also wrote that their client will not testify before Monday’s scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee hearing unless the FBI first investigates the allegations she has brought against Kavanaugh.

“While Dr. Ford’s life was being turned upside down,” the letter continues, addressing Grassley, “you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident.”

On Tuesday night, Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) tweeted a message asking that Ford’s request be honored.


The Huffington Post reports that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) also voiced her support in a statement that reads, “I agree with her 100 percent that the rushed process to hold a hearing on Monday has been unfair and is reminiscent of the treatment of Anita Hill. I also agree that we need the facts before senators—not staff or lawyers—speak to witnesses. We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford’s wishes and delay this hearing.” 


NBC News reported Tuesday night that Grassley responded to Ford’s lawyers, insisting that a law enforcement investigation would not be necessary. “Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events,” said Grassley.Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay,”

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Kavanaugh is going to get confirmed, none of this will matter. He could literally rape someone tomorrow and they would be like “but he’s such a good dad!” and confirm him. They don’t give a shit about women, they just want someone who will help enshrine hardcore right wing ideology into law for the next several generations. They don’t care who it is. This is why they don’t give a shit about Trump or any of the many credible allegations of assault against him. These men will suffer no consequences for their actions, they’ll just get promoted. Same old same old.

I hope people fucking show up to vote in November to kick these assholes to the curb. I get it that most people don’t realize that Democrats have to win by a 6-7% majority in the popular vote in order to gain a one seat advantage because of pervasive gerrymandering, but like, if everybody showed up to vote our representation would look a whole lot different. We get shitty candidates because they’re catering to the small percentage of people who vote. 

If people don’t show up to vote, then I just won’t know what to do with this country. Another two years of this (or more!) is just untenable.