On September 19, 2018 CNN published the letter that the attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford sent to the Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in response to his demand for her to appear at its hearing scheduled for September 24th, where she would be expected to sit at the same table with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the man she is alleging, attempted to rape her at a high school party in Maryland.
The attorneys on Mrs. Ford’s behalf are requesting that the FBI conduct an investigation into the facts of this case that occurred over 35 years ago. This is not as far fetched as it sounds. Mrs. Ford has identified another party to the alleged attempted rape, Mark Judge who is claiming no recollection but who does have a history for alcohol abuse. His memory might improve if he were to be questioned by FBI under oath. If the FBI can corroborate that the party occurred, that goes a long way to bolster Dr. Ford’s credibility, since Judge Kavanaugh is denying that he attended any such party.
ANITA HILLDr. Ford and her attorneys are following the playbook of what Anita Hill has shared. She faced similar circumstances in 1991 with her sexual harassment claim against the then Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas.
She has recommended the following in her New York Times opinion piece:
“To do better, the 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee must demonstrate a clear understanding that sexual violence is a social reality to which elected representatives must respond. The job of the Senate Judiciary Committee is to serve as fact-finders, to better serve the American public, and the weight of the government should not be used to destroy the lives of witnesses who are called to testify.”
“Here are some basic ground rules the committee should follow:
“Refrain from pitting the public interest in confronting sexual harassment against the need for a fair confirmation hearing. Our interest in the integrity of the Supreme Court and in eliminating sexual misconduct, especially in our public institutions, are entirely compatible. Both are aimed at making sure that our judicial system operates with legitimacy.”
“Select a neutral investigative body with experience in sexual misconduct cases that will investigate the incident in question and present its findings to the committee. Outcomes in such investigations are more reliable and less likely to be perceived as tainted by partisanship. Senators must then rely on the investigators’ conclusions, along with advice from experts, to frame the questions they ask Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Blasey. Again, the senators’ fact-finding roles must guide their behavior. The investigators’ report should frame the hearing, not politics or myths about sexual assault.”
Read the full letter text by Dr. Ford’a attorneys here as shared by CNN:
By Electronic Mail
Attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
cc: The Honorable Dianne Feinstein