GOP grapples with Brett Kavanaugh political fallout

Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has until 10 a.m. Friday morning to agree to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Margaret Hoover and Alice Stewart discuss the political fallout of the allegations with CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto.

Posted: Sep 21, 2018 9:23 AM
Updated: Sep 21, 2018 9:36 AM

The family of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, released a statement of "full support" for her Thursday, calling her a woman of "impeccable character."

In the statement, which was posted to Twitter by Bridgit Mendler, who identified herself as Ford's niece, the family asks that Ford's decision to come forward "be treated seriously and respectfully" and that her and her family's privacy be respected as her allegations are investigated.

A source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN that the statement is authentic. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.

"As members of Christine Blasey Ford's family, we wish to express our full support for our sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, aunt and dear friend," the statement reads. "She is married to our brother, son, and uncle Russell Ford, and is a loyal, reliable involved family member of the most impeccable character."

Signed by 12 members of Ford's family, the statement lays out what they see as her defining qualities ahead of a potential showdown with the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee. Later Thursday, her lawyers sent an email to the committee, saying Ford "would be prepared to testify next week" if the senators offer her "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety." The lawyers, however, ruled out the possibility of her testifying on Monday.

"Her honesty is above reproach and her behavior is highly ethical and respectful of everyone's point of view," the family's statement reads. "We believe that Chrissy has acted bravely by voicing her experiences from the past, and we know how difficult this is for her."

Ford has come under fire from Senate Republicans who have questioned her allegations. At one point in the statement, the family lauded her as a "very highly respected professional in the field of psychology and said "(she) is diligent about research findings, always careful not to exaggerate results."

The statement also emphasized the family's desire for privacy.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 448052

Reported Deaths: 33085
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens714747239
Kings667377314
Bronx524684940
Nassau460522201
Suffolk459562011
Westchester377181454
New York329383178
Richmond156891085
Rockland14747675
Orange11760498
Erie10873689
Monroe5857289
Dutchess5050153
Onondaga4185205
Albany2979134
Oneida2369123
Ulster223595
Niagara1707101
Putnam156963
Sullivan156848
Broome145069
Schenectady137448
Saratoga98517
Rensselaer89542
Columbia58037
Chautauqua5359
Madison48417
Ontario45435
Oswego4183
Tompkins3900
Warren35433
Steuben34242
Fulton33124
Otsego3245
Orleans32254
Greene31918
Herkimer31810
St. Lawrence3144
Genesee3095
Wayne3065
Chemung3053
Washington28714
Cattaraugus2496
Chenango2487
Tioga22225
Montgomery2194
Livingston2018
Cayuga1952
Jefferson1600
Essex1570
Clinton1545
Cortland1500
Wyoming1315
Delaware1294
Seneca1053
Allegany951
Schoharie830
Franklin640
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler370
Hamilton140
Unassigned019
Utica
Scattered Clouds
36° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 36°
Oneonta
Clear
32° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 32°
Herkimer
Scattered Clouds
36° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
Thendara
Scattered Clouds
36° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 36°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left