In interviews with the Senate Judiciary Committee, two men have disputed Christine Blasey Ford’s recollection of a sexual assault in 1982, saying they had the alleged encounter with Ford, not Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
USA Today reports that the revelation was part of a late-night press release by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
In July, Ford, a psychology professor in California, sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., alleging that at a party in the 1980s when she was 15, Kavanaugh, 17 at the time, and a friend drunkenly cornered her in a bedroom and allegedly pinned her down, groped her, and attempted to pull off her clothes. The public reporting of these allegations has created a media firestorm, divided the country on Judge Kavanaugh, and has since been followed by others stepping forward with allegations of misconduct.
Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of misconduct. Three other people Ford identified as attending the party have all denied knowledge of it. Until now, there were no other contemporaneous witnesses or evidence regarding Ford’s allegation.
But the two men who spoke to the committee each said they, not Kavanaugh, “had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his [sic] complaint,” according to the press release.
From USA Today:
One of the men was interviewed twice by committee staff. He also submitted two written statements, one on Monday and a second, more in-depth statement on Wednesday.
Committee staff spoke to a second man over the phone Wednesday who also said he believed he, not Kavanaugh, had the disputed encounter with Ford. “He explained his recollection of the details of the encounter” to staff, the release states.
This revelation is sure to come up when Ford and Kavanaugh testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The hearing will begin at 10:00 a.m.
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