The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct admitted in a new letter that she is "frightened" to tell her story in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee but believes she is doing her "civic duty" as an American to make her accusations public.
Christine Blasey Ford wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that she is grateful for the opportunity to tell the panel members what she allegedly went through 36 years ago when she and Kavanaugh were teenagers.
"While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions. I ask for fair and respectful treatment," Ford wrote to Grassley in the letter that has been made public.
Ford explained her process of going public with her story, which first included telling her local congressperson about her allegation when Kavanaugh was listed as a finalist for the Supreme Court nomination. She explained that her intention was to remain confidential, and she later sent a confidential letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., with her story. Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Ford's accusations were ultimately made public and her name was attached to them, going against her initial desire for anonymity.
"I felt that this was something that a citizen couldn't NOT do," Ford wrote regarding her decision to first report her accusation. "I felt agony yet urgency and a civic duty to let it be known, in a confidential manner, prior to the nominee being selected."
Ford's legal team spent several days last week negotiating with Grassley about if and when she would appear before the committee. She is scheduled to face the panel on Thursday and answer questions about her allegations.
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