In hopes of boosting the credibility of her sexual assault allegations, Brett Kavavaugh’s accuser has sent declarations to the Senate Judiciary Committee from four people who back her claims.
Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford submitted documents that reportedly will corroborate her claims that the Supreme Court nominee groped her at a party nearly four decades ago when they were in high school.
The sworn and signed declarations, obtained by USA Today, are from Ford’s husband Russell Ford and three friends and will be used during the committee hearing Thursday. Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegations as well as claims by a Yale University classmate who alleged that he exposed himself to her during a drunken college party decades ago.
The embattled nominee pledged to fight the claims in a statement and in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum Monday as he defended himself against the uncorroborated allegations that other classmates agree never happened.
Adela Gildo-Mazzon contacted Ford’s attorneys on Sept. 16 to say she had been told about the incident by her “good friend” whom she has known for over a decade back in June 2013, according to her declaration, USA Today reported.
“During our meal, Christine was visibly upset, so I asked her what was going on,” Gildo-Mazzon said in her declaration. “Christine told me she had been having a hard day because she was thinking about an assault she experienced when she was much younger. She said she had been almost raped by someone who was now a federal judge. She told me she had been trapped in a room with two drunken guys, and that she had escaped, ran away and hid.”
Ford reportedly revealed the alleged assault to Keith Koegler who said the two spoke about it in 2016 as they spoke about the sentencing of Stanford University student Brock Turner.
“Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner’s lenient sentence, stating that she was particularly bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.,” Koegler said in his declaration.
“Christine did not mention the assault to me again until June 29, 2018, two days after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation from the Supreme Court of the United States,” he said, adding that she told him in an email that the person she had told him about was President Donald Trump’s “favorite for SCOTUS.”
“I remember you telling me about him, but I don’t remember his name. Do you mind telling me so I can read about him?” Koegler wrote in response.
Ford emailed her reply: “Brett Kavanaugh.”
Another declaration submitted by Ford is from Rebecca White who has known her six years and who claims Ford told her about the allegations last year.
“I was walking my dog and Christine was outside of her house,” White said. “I stopped to speak with her, and she told me she had read a recent social media post I had written about my own experience with sexual assault.
“She then told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen,” she added. “I remember her saying that her assailant was now a federal judge.”
Ford’s husband claimed in his declaration that he found out about the alleged incident “around the time we got married” but that his wife didn’t share the details until 2012 during a couple’s therapy session.
“I remember her saying that her attacker’s name was Brett Kavanaugh, that he was a successful lawyer who had grown up in Christine’s home town, and that he was well-known in the Washington D.C. community,” Russell Ford said, adding that she wasn’t sure about coming forward but was “afraid” Kavanaugh would become the nominee for the Supreme Court.
“However, in the end she believed her civic duty required her to speak out,” he said. “In our 16 years of marriage I have always known Christine to be truthful person of great integrity. I am proud of her for her bravery and courage.”
Ford has claimed that Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge was in the room when the allegedly drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed during a party and tried to remove her clothes. Another classmate, Patrick Smyth, was also named by Ford as being at the house party in the 1980s. All the men have denied the accusations.
Ford’s former classmate at the Holton-Arms all-girls school in Maryland, Leland Keyser, was also identified as a witness at the party but she denied knowing Kavanaugh and “has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present.”
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