Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who claims Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were teenagers, is ready to come forward and speak publicly about her experience, Ford’s lawyer said on Monday.
“The answer is yes,” attorney Debra Katz told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota when asked whether Ford would appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify that Kavanaugh and a friend tried to force themselves on her during a party three decades ago. But, Katz noted, despite claims from some Republicans that they want to hear her testimony, no one from the Judiciary Committee has actually contacted Ford yet.
“We’ve heard from no one, we’ve seen various statements made on television—statements that are being bandied about for political reason [sic] but no one’s asked her,” Katz said.
Katz also made clear in a separate interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie that Ford considered the alleged assault attempted rape, explaining that “she believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would’ve been raped.”
While the Trump administration is reportedly working on a series of attacks targeting Ford’s credibility, White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox & Friends on Monday that Ford “should not be insulted and she should not be ignored”—a message apparently lost on Donald Trump Jr., who mocked the severity of Ford’s allegations on Sunday.
Update, 11:09 a.m. ET: Brett Kavanaugh issued a statement repeating his earlier denials of Ford’s allegations, and signaling that he is willing to answer questions about them.
Kavanaugh was also spotted entering the White House.