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CNN: Kavanaugh and his family getting threats

CNN: Kavanaugh and his family getting threats
© Greg Nash

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has faced an increasing number of death threats since he was publicly accused of sexual assault this week, according to CNN

Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of assaulting her in the 1980s, have both reportedly been the target of violent death threats since Ford came forward with her allegations on Sunday. 

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Kavanaugh's and Ford's families have also been been targets of threats and harassment.

A senior administration official told CNN that there are several credible threats against Kavanaugh's life under investigation, while Ford's lawyer Debra Katz said threats against Ford have been forwarded to the FBI.

The Supreme Court nominee has been receiving death threats since President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE nominated him to the high court, but the official told CNN that the attacks have escalated in recent days.

Kavanaugh's wife Ashley has reportedly faced a barrage of harassment and threats online since Ford's allegation became public. 

"My condolences to you for being married to a rapist," one person wrote in an email to Ashley obtained by CNN. "Although you probably deserve it." 

"F--- YOU AND YOUR RAPIST HUSBAND," another email read.

Ford's lawyer in a letter this week wrote that the death threats against Ford and her family were so extreme that they had to move from their home temporarily. 

Katz wrote Ford has been the subject of "vicious harassment," including threats against her life.  

    "As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home," Katz wrote. "Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online."  

    Katz in an email first obtained by The New York Times on Thursday wrote that Ford may testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week as long as the senators agree to terms that would protect her safety. 

    "As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home," Katz's email said. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and ensure her safety." 

    Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of attempting to force himself on her during a high school party in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.