Christine Blasey Ford Explains Why She Came Forward When She Did

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During the hearing on Thursday to review sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accuser Christine Blasey Ford explained why she had waited to come forward with her account. Many critics have attempted to discredit Ford by painting the timing of her decision to make her allegation public as opportunistic and partisan. In a statement to investigators, which Rachel Mitchell, special counsel for the Republicans, referred to during the hearing, Ford claims that on July 6, she "had a sense of urgency to relay the information [of the assault] to the Senate and the president." When asked if she had made any attempts to reach them on that date, Ford replied that she didn't know how. At that point, Kavanaugh had not been named as the nominee, but he was on President Trump's shortlist.

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