Senate Democrats say they have had no direct contact with Christine Blasey Ford about her upcoming testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and do not know how she will hold up to questioning, Politico is reporting.
Ford claims to have been sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were both teenagers.
Her lawyers have talked with aides to both Republicans and Democrats on the committee. But interviews with more than a half-dozen Democrats on the Judiciary Committee indicate there’s been no coordination as the Thursday hearing approaches, according to Politico.
Ford, however, does have a team of attorneys with Democratic ties. And Ricki Seidman, a longtime Democratic communications adviser is working with her, Politico noted.
Still, Democrats insist they have no clue how she’ll fare in front of the committee.
"No matter how long you've been in the Senate or in the courtroom, there's no fully preparing for an event like this," Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said.
"I assume her own lawyers are prepping her," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the judiciary panel's top Democrat.
And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., added: "I would imagine her team is preparing her as best as possible."
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans have hired a female attorney to ask Ford questions at the hearing. The Washington Post reported the GOP was leaning toward hiring Rachel Mitchell, who heads the sex crimes bureau of the Maricopa County Attorney's office in Arizona.
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