Christine Ford’s Family Wrote A Letter Requesting Her Allegation Be Treated Seriously

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings were thrown into disarray earlier in the month when a childhood acquaintance accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 15. Kavanaugh denies the accusation, and Senate Republicans are determined to get him confirmed to the high court before the midterms. Meanwhile, his accuser Christine Blasey Ford's family has written a letter in support of her, attesting to her integrity and urging the public to respect her privacy.

Senate Republicans had initially announced that Ford, along with Kavanaugh, would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday regarding the accusation. However, Ford's lawyers then sent a letter to Sen. Charles Grassley, chair of the committee, demanding that a full FBI investigation be carried out before she testifies. Preliminary reporting suggests that the bureau won't launch such an investigation, however, and as of this writing, it's uncertain whether or not Ford will ultimately testify on Monday as planned.

Here's the full text of the letter, which Ford's niece Bridget Mendler published on Twitter on Thursday:

The letter is signed by Russell Ford; Deborah Ford Peters, Ph.D.; Sandra Ford Mendler, AIA; Charles Mendler; Rev. Jackie Clement; John Ford; Ruth Ford Guthery; John Guthery; Katie Thurman; Bridget Mendler; Nicholas Mendler; and Haley Peters.

In addition to the signatories of Thursday's letter, many of Ford's other friends have publicly defended her and said that they believe her allegation against Kavanaugh. Over 200 members of her alma mater — including actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus  — have signed a letter in support of her as well.