Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney Debra Katz told an audience at the University of Baltimore’s Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April that her client was politically motivated to testify against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of alleged decades-old sexual assault. According to Katz, Blasey Ford, whose social media was notably scrubbed before testimony, was concerned about Kavanaugh’s stance on abortion and how it might impact Roe v. Wade.
“In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court,” the attorney said at the event, where she was keynote speaker, according to Newsweek (emphasis added). “We were going to have a conservative [justice] … Elections have consequences, but he will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”
In a letter penned to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) last year, Blasey Ford claimed Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in the early 1980s, though she said she was unable to specify exactly where or when the alleged incident took place. The dubious claim was uncorroborated, the alleged witnesses she named denying any knowledge of the party or outright refuting the accusation, and the Senate Judiciary Committee ultimately found that there was “no evidence to substantiate any of the claims.”
“In neither the committee’s investigation nor in the supplemental background investigation conducted by the FBI was there ANY evidence to substantiate or corroborate any of the allegations,” the Committee wrote.
Reporter Ryan Lovelace, the author of “Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign against Brett Kavanaugh” and the first to cover the circulating video, told “Fox & Friends” that Katz’s admission flies in the face of what the lawyer and Blasey Ford told the American people at the time of the testimony.
“For me, it raised two big things,” said Lovelace. “The first is it contradicts much of what Debra Katz said at the time as Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer, that Christine Blasey Ford was ambivalent about all of this … and it contradicts… that Christine Blasey Ford was saying this was all about her ‘civic duty.'”
“My motivation in coming forward was to be helpful and to provide facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life and so you can take into serious consideration as you make your decision,” Blasey Ford said at the hearing. She also called her testimony her “civic duty” in GoFundMe messages to monetary supporters.
Lovelace said his biggest question after listening to Katz is, if Blasey Ford was “working with all those organized forced that Debra Katz mentioned that had been trying to cancel Kavanaugh’s nomination from the very bringing and really even before he got picked?”
Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court in early October.
A single GoFundMe account for Blasey Ford racked up nearly $650,000 by the end of November.