WASHINGTON — White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Monday that Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in his teens, should testify “under oath.”
“She should not be insulted, she should not be ignored,” Conway told reporters outside the West Wing.
Conway added that Kavanaugh, who is set to face a confirmation vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, should testify as well.
Ford previously provided a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, describing the alleged incident with Kavanaugh.
Last week, Feinstein disclosed that she had received the letter, but noted that the author had requested anonymity. The senator added that she had notified the FBI about the allegations.
On Sunday, Ford made her identity public via the Washington Post.
Ford told the Post that in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes while he was intoxicated.
As the details of the allegations emerged last week, Kavanugh responded Friday with a full denial.
“I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said in a statement.
Following the Post report, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec released a statement emphasizing that both Kavanaugh and the White House stand by the initial denial.
Debra Katz, an attorney for Ford, told CNN on Monday morning that her client is willing to testify.
In an additional statement Monday, Kavanaugh expressing willingness to testify as well in order to refute what he called “a completely false allegation.”
“I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity,” Kavanaugh said.