An attorney for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford told CNN Wednesday that her client has been "deflecting death threats and harassment," and that Dr. Ford's email has been hacked several times since her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were made public in The Washington Post last week.
Attorney Lisa Banks made the claims in an interview where she reiterated that her client will only testify before Congress if the FBI investigates her allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, even though Dr. Ford has produced no new evidence since sending a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) back in July, and two key witnesses — whom Dr. Ford claims were at the party where Kavanaugh reportedly attacked and fondled her — deny any knowledge of the incident.
Monday, Banks said, is also too soon to expect Dr. Ford to appear before the Senate because Dr. Ford is too busy handling safety concerns.
"It's premature to talk about a hearing on Monday because she has been dealing with the threats, the harassment and the safety of her family and that's what she's been focused on for the last couple of days." Banks told CNN.
She added that, "Dr. Ford has been trying to work out where her family are going to sleep at night," that Dr. Ford has been forced to move out of her home, that her email has been hacked several times, and that she has been impersonated online.
Dr. Ford's supporters, led by a Georgetown law professor who says she has no connection to Dr. Ford, have launched their own GoFundMe, with the goal of raising $100,000 for Dr. Ford's "security costs." By noon on Wednesday, around 2,800 people had donated just shy of that number.
Whatever money Dr. Ford doesn't need, the fundraiser's description contends, will be given to "women’s organizations" or donated to an account for use in "comparable situations:" "My reason for starting this fundraiser is to make concrete the power of collective action in providing security and therefore support, for Dr. Blasey’s willingness to contribute to a thorough, fair vetting of a nominee for Supreme Court Justice."
Senate Judiciary Committee chair, Chuck Grassley (R-IA), told reporters Wednesday that he expects Dr. Ford to testify on Monday and that any concerns about a law enforcement investigation are immaterial to Dr. Ford's appearance, which Grassley says will focus on "her personal knowledge and memory of events."