Dem describes meeting Kavanaugh accuser in July: 'I told her that I believed her'

Dem describes meeting Kavanaugh accuser in July: 'I told her that I believed her'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she told Christine Blasey Ford during a meeting in July that she believed her accusations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her decades ago.

Eshoo told The Washington Post that it was obvious to her that Ford "bore the scars of what she had been subjected to."

“She doesn’t have a political bone in her body," Eshoo said. "And she obviously was really terrified about what could become of her and her family."

“At the end of the meeting, I told her that I believed her,” she added. “In telling her story, you know, there were details to it, and I believed her.”

Eshoo, who represents the Bay Area district where Ford lives, was the first lawmaker to learn of the allegations. Ford contacted Eshoo’s office, and the two met for more than an hour in July.

Eshoo also told the Post that there "wasn’t any kind of political process in her mind whatsoever" when Ford was considering whether to go public with her allegations.

“I think it’s difficult for people to understand if you haven’t dealt with people that have been subjected to something like this,” Eshoo said. “They keep it to themselves. They feel guilty. They bury it. They tell themselves to move on. And so there wasn’t any kind of political process in her mind whatsoever.”

Eshoo said earlier this week that it was evident to her that Ford "had been scarred by this experience."

"I can tell you from the time that I spent with her and what she shared with me, it was self-evident that she had been scarred by this experience, and will be for a lifetime," Eshoo said on CNN.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process was upended Sunday when Ford went public with her allegations.

Ford said Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed during a high school party in the 1980s and attempted to remove her clothes. She also said that he put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream for help.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.