Kavanaugh accuser's family writes letter of support
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Members of Christine Blasey Ford’s family have penned an open letter of support for Ford following her accusation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh becoming public.

The letter, signed by Ford’s husband, as well as a number of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends, praises Ford’s “honesty,” “warmth” and “impeccable character.” 

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“Chrissy has tremendous compassion for others, goes out of her way to support and encourage the young ones in our family, and does so with great warmth and generosity,” the letter reads.

The family lauds Ford, a professor Palo Alto University in Northern California, for her work in the field of psychology and as an educator.

“She is devoted to helping researches get at the truth through detailed statistical analysis and research,” they write. “When discussing her work, she recognizes the team effort at work, never speaking of ‘I’ but always of ‘we,’ and is diligent about research findings, always careful not to exaggerate results.”

Ford has been the focus of national attention since identifying herself as the anonymous woman who penned a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when the two were in high school in the 1980s.

The accusation has derailed Kavanaugh’s confirmation and sent Washington into a frenzy as senators determine how to handle the accusation. The Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation and called both the Supreme Court nominee and Ford to testify on Monday.

But Ford said through her lawyers that she will not testify until the FBI investigates her allegations. The agency has not opened a criminal investigation, saying the allegation does not involve a federal crime. The White House has not directed the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh’s background investigation, despite calls from Democrats.

Kavanaugh and the White House have denied the allegations.

The family also requests privacy for Ford and family members. Ford’s lawyers said she has received death threats and been forced to relocate from her home over safety concerns.

“Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight,” they write. “We ask that her decision to share a private and difficult recollection be treated seriously and respectfully.”