Associated Press

Christine Blasey Ford Plans to Meet with FBI About Death Threats

September 21, 2018 - 11:17 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — A source close to Christine Blasey Ford says she plans to meet with FBI agents about death threats she says she's received since accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually molesting her years ago. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's claim of a sexual assault at a 1980s high school party.

Ford is a psychology professor in California and her meeting with agents was in the San Francisco area.

Through her lawyers, Ford has said death threats have forced her to relocate her family. Part of her attorneys' talks with Senate staff has been over security measures she wants in place should she appear.

Her attorneys are negotiating with Republican Senate aides over whether she'll testify at a Judiciary Committee hearing next week.

The source provided no other detail, wasn't authorized to describe Ford's activities on the record and spoke only on condition of anonymity.

11:20 a.m.

The California congresswoman who met with the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago says the accuser "should not be underestimated."

Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo told The Associated Press on Friday accuser Christine Blasey Ford "has an inner strength."

Eshoo learned in July of Ford's allegation Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers, which Kavanaugh denies.

Eshoo relayed the accusation to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify Monday before the Judiciary panel. Kavanaugh has agreed to go. Ford says she can't appear that day and wants to testify next Thursday if Republicans agree to several conditions, including that she not be in the same room with Kavanaugh.


10:45 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is telling evangelical activists the Senate will "plow right through" and move to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

McConnell told the annual Values Voter conference Friday "in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court." He urges the Republican-leaning activists to "keep the faith" and predicts senators will do their jobs.

McConnell's predictions come as California college professor Christine Blasey Ford accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Negotiations have been ongoing on whether Ford will testify next week before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


9:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump is challenging by name the woman accusing his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying if the attack she alleges were that "bad" then she would have filed charges.

Trump tweeted Friday: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

The president previously had avoided naming California college professor Christine Blasey Ford or casting doubt on her account. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

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