Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, said she did not authorize the release of a letter she gave to Democratic lawmakers.
“Is it true that you did not authorize it to be released at any timel?” prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, during a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on Wednesday.
“Correct,” Ford answered.
Mitchell, a prosecutor at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, was brought on to question Blasey Ford on behalf of Republicans on the judiciary committee. (RELATED: Ryan Zinke Criticizes Woman Who Interrupted His Speech To Ask About Brett Kavanaugh)
Blasey Ford sent a letter on July 30 to Democratic California Rep. Anna Eshoo to give to Feinstein, asking the letter to remain confidential. In the letter, Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.
However, the letter was leaked to the media, and Feinstein forwarded Blasey Ford’s allegation against Kavanaugh to the FBI
Blasey Ford said she did not provide the letter to anyone outside of Eshoo, Feinstein and her attorneys, and told the committee she did not know how it became public.
Blasey Ford’s testimony is part of the Senate’s investigation into her allegations against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is also set to testify on Thursday, reiterating his denial of the incident.
“What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes,” Kavanaugh will say, according to his written testimony.
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