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Christine Blasey Ford shuts down claim Brett Kavanaugh did not assault her

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Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate
Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation
hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 6,
2018.

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  • Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research
    psychologist who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually
    assaulting her, has denied a viral rumor that suggested she
    could have “mistakenly” identified Kavanaugh for another high
    school classmate.
  • The unproven theory was touted by Ed Whelan, a former
    law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and the former principal
    deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department.
    Whelan claimed that because Kavanaugh and the other classmate
    look alike, Ford may have confused the two.
  • Ford rejected that, saying she “knew them both, and
    socialized with” them, according to a Washington Post report.
    Ford added that she once visited the other classmate in a
    hospital.
  • “There is zero chance that I would confuse them,” she
    said in a statement to The Post.
  • Journalists have denounced Whelan’s theory and
    described it as a baseless, with some deleting their own tweets
    that referenced the original Twitter thread.

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and
professor who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually
assaulting her in the 1980s, has denied a viral rumor that
suggested she could have “mistakenly” identified Kavanaugh for
another high school classmate.

The unproven theory was touted by Ed Whelan, a former law clerk
to Justice Antonin Scalia and the former principal deputy
assistant attorney general in the Justice Department.

Whelan claimed that because Kavanaugh and the other classmate
look alike, Ford may have confused the two.

Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center,
also included maps and floor plans of a house that he believed
described the scene of Ford’s alleged assault. He went on to
reiterate claims that another classmate in the high school
“resembled” Kavanaugh “in appearance,” and compared images of the
classmate next to Kavanaugh.

Ford said she “knew them both, and socialized with” them,
according to a
Washington Post report
published Thursday. Ford added that
she visited the other classmate in a hospital.

“There is zero chance that I would confuse them,” she said in a
statement to The Post.

Whelan, who is a close friend of Kavanaugh’s, spent days putting
together the theory, two of Whelan’s friends told The Post.

Journalists have denounced Whelan’s theory and described it as a
baseless, with some deleting their own tweets that referenced the
original Twitter thread.

“A prominent DC conservative, trying to promote an alternate
theory that someone else (and not Kavanaugh) may have sexually
assaulted Professor Ford, named that person, showed photographs
suggesting Ford confused the two and more,” CNN anchor Jake
Tapper said on Twitter. “This is stunningly irresponsible.”

“Bad wrong nope this is a monstrously misguided idea that will
destroy another life needlessly,” columnist Bethany Mandel added
in a tweet.

Ford alleged that Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” during a small
party when he sexually assaulted her. She claimed he pinned her
to a bed, groped her over her clothes, and covered her mouth with
his hand when she started to scream.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the claim and said he is
willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Monday. Ford’s attorneys say she is willing to testify, but not
by Monday.

“She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that
are fair and which ensure her safety,” attorney Debra Katz said
in a statement to the Judiciary Committee. “A hearing on Monday
is not possible and the committee’s insistence that it occur then
is arbitrary in any event.”

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