Kavanaugh accuser Ford's former classmates send Senate letter supporting her 'honesty'

Kavanaugh accuser Ford's former classmates send Senate letter supporting her 'honesty'
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Twenty-four women who attended high school with the California law professor accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault have signed a letter to the Senate expressing their support for her.

The classmates of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who attended Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Md., say that Ford is a woman of "honesty, integrity, and intelligence" in the letter obtained by CNN on Tuesday.

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Women signing the letter "represent all political parties" according to the authors, and argue that "as sexual assault violates a woman's most fundamental rights, it must be considered a failure of character at any age," dismissing arguments from some conservatives that Kavanaugh's alleged conduct in high school is irrelevant to his potential Supreme Court appointment.

Ford's decision to come forward in an interview Sunday in The Washington Post was "not a partisan act," they continue, writing that the California professor was performing an "act of civic duty."

Ford described in the interview how Kavanaugh allegedly groped her over her clothes while attempting to remove them, and muffled her screams for help with his hand. Kavanaugh, who was nominated in July to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the court, has denied the allegations.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement provided by the White House. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Several GOP senators, including crucial swing vote Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Maine), have called for Kavanaugh and his accuser to testify on the allegations before the full Senate votes on his confirmation.

“I'm writing to the Chairman & RM of Judiciary Cmte respectfully recommending that at Monday’s hearing, counsel for Prof. Ford be allocated time to question Judge Kavanaugh & counsel for the Judge be granted equal time to question Prof. Ford, followed by questions from Senators,” Collins tweeted Tuesday.