Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who came forward accusing SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is receiving an overwhelming show of support from her high school alumnae in the form of a letter signed by over 200 people.
“We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story,” a draft letter from alumnae of Holton-Arms, a private girls school in Bethesda, Maryland. HuffPost first revealed the letter’s contents.
“[The accusations demand] a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court,” the letter states.
The letter’s more than 200 signatories attended the high school between 1967 and 2018. The letter stated that the accusations against Kavanaugh are “all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton.”
“Many of us are survivors ourselves,” the signatories wrote.
According to HuffPost, the letter was getting additional signatories as of this Monday morning.
Ford, who is now a 51-year-old California psychology professor, accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed at a party in the 1980s while they were in high school, alleging that “groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.”
If you think Brett Kavanaugh was "just a kid" at 17 but that Tamir Rice was a "dangerous thug" at 12, you might need to rethink what it is you're really defending.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 17, 2018
Although Kavanaugh has outright denied the charges, even saying that he doesn’t know the accuser, both Democrats and Republicans have suggested postponing a vote on his confirmation until the matter is fully investigated.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone,” Kavanaugh said in a statement issued Monday by the White House. “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”
According to Bloomberg News, President Trump isn’t backing down on his support for Kavanaugh any time soon, and the White House is gearing up for an all out assault on Ford.
GOP Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona joined Democrats late Sunday in seeking to delay the committee vote so lawmakers can further examine the allegations after the Washington Post published a detailed account from the accuser. Days earlier Kavanaugh had seemed on track for quick approval.
The administration is gearing up for a counteroffensive, a White House official said. The Trump team plans to try to discredit the charges for surfacing late in the confirmation process and to question the credibility of the accuser because she didn’t tell anybody about the incident at the time, the official said.
As of now, a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation is still scheduled for this Thursday.
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