Tim Pearce, DCNF
Christine Blasey Ford’s email was hacked sometime after she went public with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Ford’s attorneys said in a Tuesday letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, invited Ford to testify in front of the committee next week on Kavanaugh’s character and her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee forced himself upon her when both were in high school more than three decades ago.
Ford declined the request, insisting that the FBI investigate Kavanaugh before she agrees to testify. It’s doubtful the FBI has the jurisdictional authority to investigate the allegations.
Ford has “received a stunning amount of support” since going public, but has also been flooded with “vicious harassment and even death threats,” Ford’s attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Banks wrote in the letter.
“As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home,” the letter continues. “Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.”
It is unclear what information, if any, was taken from Ford’s email account or the scope of the hack.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and has agreed to testify next week to defend his innocence and integrity in front of the committee.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself,” Kavanaugh said in a statement after Ford went public with her accusation.
The allegations could potentially derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. If his nomination is tanked, the Senate likely will not have enough time left to confirm another nominee before end of the year, leaving the process for the next Congress to carry out.