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Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Offers Senate Four People Who Corroborate Her Assault Claims
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49197"><span class="small">Steve Kiggins and Richard Wolf, USA Today</span></a>   
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:16

Excerpt: "The attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford have sworn and signed declarations from four people who corroborate her claims of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh."

Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: Erin Schaff/NYT)
Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: Erin Schaff/NYT)

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Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Offers Senate Four People Who Corroborate Her Assault Claims

By Steve Kiggins and Richard Wolf, USA Today

26 September 18


he attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford have sworn and signed declarations from four people who corroborate her claims of sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In documents sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtained by USA TODAY, Ford’s attorneys present declarations from Ford’s husband, Russell, and three friends who support the California college professor’s accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to pull off her clothes while both were high school students in 1982.

The declarations will be used by Ford’s attorneys during a committee hearing on Thursday that could determine the fate of Kavanaugh’s embattled nomination. He also faces a second accusation of sexual assault from Deborah Ramirez, who claims Kavanaugh exposed himself and pushed his genitals into her face at a drunken party during the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University.

Kavanaugh has flatly denied all accusations, including during a national television interview on Fox News Monday night.

In her declaration, Adela Gildo-Mazzon said Ford told her about the alleged assault during a June 2013 meal at a restaurant in Mountain View, California, and contacted Ford’s attorneys on Sept. 16 to tell them Ford had confided in her five years ago.

“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.”

According to her declaration, Gildo-Mazzon has known Ford for more than 10 years and considers her “a good friend.”

In another declaration, Keith Koegler said Ford revealed the alleged assault to him in 2016, when the two parents were watching their children play in a public place and discussing the “light” 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.

“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.

On that day, Koegler said Ford revealed to him in an email that the person who had assaulted her in high school was President Donald Trump’s “favorite for SCOTUS.”

In his response email, Koegler wrote, “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?”

Ford’s emailed response: “Brett Kavanaugh.”

In his declaration, Koegler said he met the Fords while coaching their son’s baseball team more than five years ago.

In another declaration, Rebecca White, a neighbor and friend of more than six years, said Ford revealed the alleged assault against her in 2017.

“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,” White continued. “I remember her saying that her assailant was now a federal judge.”

In his declaration, Ford’s husband said he learned of his wife’s experience with sexual assault “around the time we got married” but that she didn’t share details until a couple’s therapy session in 2012.

“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.

He said his wife was “afraid” Trump would nominate Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and was “very conflicted” about whether she should come forward with her story.

“However, in the end she believed her civic duty required her to speak out,” Russell Ford 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.”

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+7 # Benign Observer 2018-09-26 09:58
Brave Republican men, who seem to have learned nothing from the '91 lynching of Anita Hill other than the damage of bad optics, have named sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Dr. Ford.

And opposition to Kavanaugh, or at least calls for an FBI investigation, are now coming from four student colleagues who had previously signed a recommendation letter, LDS women and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

If Sen. Grassley or the White House had requested an investigation when Dr. Ford first came forward it would probably have been finished already, but the GOP is determined to hasten this process beyond recognition -- and I think now we know exactly why.

I hope McConnell and Kavanaugh, even with his limited intelligence, feels this slipping away. I hope K-dog's impeached from his current spot on the bench if any of these allegations are substantiated.

Buh-bye, Brett!
+6 # hectormaria 2018-09-26 10:47
"The truth will set you free (John 8:32)." The 'fake Christians' in the W.H., in Congress, church pulpits and Conservative supporters do not want the the truth to come out, they want to bury it: "THEY CANNOT HANDLE THE TRUTH."
+4 # Jaax88 2018-09-26 10:49
When people at Dr. Ford's hearing challenge her memory there is one thing to remember. And I do not intent this is a crude way, but it is hard to phrase it with much delicacy. This is the best way I know how to express this thought, "how many people do not remember their first serious sexual encounter?" The GOP panel at the hearing and their inquisition lawyer should ask themselves this question before deciding Dr. Ford is lying about her encounter with Kavanaugh.
+2 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-09-26 22:42
What researchers know is that sexual assault victims generally have very strong and lasting and precise recollections of the assault itself, the attacker, how she was touched, what she heard and saw. This is because the human fear response heightens attention to immediate threats. Things that happened beforehand or afterwards may be more muddled. Acute recollection of those specific details of the moment is part of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, akin to the sharp recollection of details that haunt many combat veterans.

I hope that Dr. Ford and her allies have the opportunity for a scholar/researc her on PTSD to testify before the Senate hearing.
+6 # nice2bgreat 2018-09-26 11:18
Republicans to women: You have no choice.