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Christine Blasey Ford’s sisters commend her Kavanaugh hearing testimony

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CNN host Kate Bolduan, left, interviews Deborah Peters,
middle, and Sandra Mendler on September 28,
2018.

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  • Relatives of Christine Blasey Ford said they admired
    her decision to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to
    give her testimony on Thursday.
  • “I can tell you I had tears running down my cheeks,”
    Ford’s sister-in-law said. “It was so difficult to listen to,
    and I know a lot of people around the country felt the same
    way.”
  • Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused of
    sexual misconduct by numerous women during his high school
    and college years, delivered emotionally charged accounts
    testimonies that riveted much of the country.

Relatives of Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused
Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in
the 1980s, said they admired her decision to appear before the
Senate Judiciary Committee to share her story on Thursday.

“I’ve heard her talk about many different kinds of feelings very
genuinely and I can feel her pain really,” Deborah Peters, Ford’s
sister-in-law, said during an interview with CNN host Kate
Bolduan on Friday. “I just was impressed by her bravery and I
just felt like I was right there with her in the pain, as I think
a lot of people probably felt.”

“I think Christine presented her accounting of the events that
happened to her and she deserves for others to be interviewed and
the truth to come out,” Peters added, seeming to refer to
conservative author Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh’s, who Ford
claims was present during the alleged sexual assault.

Judge denied the allegation and
previously suggested
he was unwilling to cooperate with the
Judiciary Committee.

But following the committee’s decision to advance Kavanaugh’s
nomination to a full Senate vote on Friday — a move that Senate
leaders agreed to delay until after the FBI conducts a new
background check on Kavanaug — Judge, through his attorney, said
he was
willing to speak to investigators
on the alleged incident.

“If the FBI or any law enforcement agency requests Mr. Judge’s
cooperation, he will answer any and all questions posed to him,”
attorney Barbara Van Gelder said.

Ford’s sister-in-law, Sandra Mendler, also said she wept
from watching her testimony.

“I can tell you I had tears running down my cheeks,” Mendler
said. “It was so difficult to listen to, and I know a lot of
people around the country felt the same way.”

Ford, who initially requested anonymity after submitting her
allegation, was hesitant to agree to appear to the hearing: “I am
here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here
because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened
to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school,”  she
said during her opening remarks on Thursday.

Mendler and Peters said they watched Ford’s emotional testimony
and saw at least part of Kavanaugh’s afterward.

Kavanaugh repeated his denials during his testimony, but stopped
short of claiming Ford had fabricated the incident.

“I’m not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually
assaulted by some person in some place at some time,” Kavanaugh
said in his opening remarks. “But I have never done this to her
or to anyone. That’s not who I am, it is not who I was.”

“I am innocent of this charge,” Kavanaugh said. “I intend no ill
will to Dr. Ford and her family.”

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