Alumnae of Kavanaugh accuser’s high school express support for her

Alumnae of Christine Blasey Ford’s high school, including actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, are circulating a letter to show their support for her, after Ford came forward with sexual misconduct accusations against President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

“We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story,” a draft letter from alumnae of Holton-Arms, a private girls school in Bethesda, Md., reads, as first reported by HuffPost.

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“It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.”

The letter, which says it’s from more than 200 alumnae from classes 1967 through 2018, added that Ford’s allegations about Kavanaugh are “all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton.”

“Many of us are survivors ourselves,” it said.

 

HuffPost reported that the letter had received three dozen additional signatures as of Monday morning.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who became famous as one of the main cast members of "Seinfeld," later tweeted she had been one of the signers of the letter.

"I was class of '79 & signed this letter," she wrote in the tweet.

The report comes just a day after Ford detailed her allegations against Kavanaugh for the first time to The Washington Post.

Ford, a California psychology professor who is now 51, accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed one summer while they were in high school in the 1980’s. She alleged that "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it."

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusation. But the charges have led some Democratic and GOP senators to voice concerns about a confirmation vote taking place before his accuser is heard from. 

Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, said Monday that her client is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Katz added that she has not been approached about testifying.

"We've heard from no one," Katz said on CNN’s "New Day."

Trump has no intention of dropping Kavanaughs’ nomination, according to Bloomberg News. The news outlet also noted that the White House is planning to try to discredit Ford.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyThe peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff Advocates frustrated over pace of drug price reform Trump drug pricing setbacks put pressure on Congress MORE (R-Iowa) said this weekend that he is trying to set up separate phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford before a scheduled confirmation vote.