Beth Wilkinson, the attorney for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, faulted both sides of the aisle for politicizing an allegation of sexual abuse involving her client.
Her comments came during a Wednesday interview on CNN's "New Day," Kavanaugh is being accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, who claims the alleged incident took place while they were both teenagers. Kavanaugh has continually denied the claim.
"There's lots of reasons why women don't talk about sexual assault when it happens, and nobody is questioning why women might not do that: For the exact reason we're seeing today," Wilkinson said.
"People on both sides of the aisle are using this for their own political purposes. And I feel badly for her. She did not want to come forward; she did not want to say anything. She did not want her name used and somebody leaked her name and forced her to have to be part of this. I don't think that's fair to her; I surely don't think it's fair to Judge Kavanaugh.
"And I think people using this whole thing for whatever their purposes are, is dragging down the entire national discourse over something that is so serious, and over a position, Supreme Court justice, that is also so important," she added.
Wilkinson dismissed a report by USA Today that attorneys for Ford have sworn and signed declarations from four people who corroborate her claims of assault by Kavanaugh.
"I think people have different recollections, and it's what makes it difficult when you are talking about something that happened 36 years ago," she said.
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