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Kellyanne Conway reveals she is a sexual assault victim

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  • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on
    CNN’s “State of the Union” that she was a victim of sexual
    assault. 
  • Though she said she was “empathetic” to the allegations
    against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Conway condemned
    the “raw partisan politics” that she said are dominating the
    confirmation process.
  • Kavanaugh is facing sexual misconduct allegations from three
    named accusers, all of which he categorically denied.

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on CNN’s
“State of the Union” she was a victim of sexual assault. 

“I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault
and sexual harassment and rape,” Conway said. “I’m a victim of
sexual assault.”

“I want those women who were sexually assaulted and confronting
Jeff Flake, God bless them, but go blame the perpetrator,” Conway
said, referring to the Arizona senator who was
cornered in a Senate elevator
by two women who shared their
own stories as victims of sexual abuse. “That’s who’s responsible
for sexual assault, the people who commit them.”

Host Jake Tapper interjected and said, “Can I just say, first of
all, this is the first time I’ve ever heard you talk about
something personal like that, and I’m really sorry that you went
through that.”

Conway replied: “I’ve just had it. I’ve just had it with it all
being the same.”

When Tapper pointed out that President Donald
Trump has been accused by multiple women of sexual
misconduct, Conway rejected the comparison. 

“Don’t conflate that with this and certainly don’t conflate it
with what happened to me,” Conway said. “Let’s not bring Trump
into everything that happens in this universe. That’s mistake
number one.”

She also continued her defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett
Kavanaugh, condemning the “raw partisan politics” that have
surrounded the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against
him.

At the center of the firestorm is Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a
northern California professor who testified to the Senate
Judiciary Committee this week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted
her in high school.

Kavanaugh is facing sexual misconduct allegations from two other
named accusers. He denies all the claims.

Despite her defense of Kavanaugh, Conway said she supported
Ford’s testimony and looked forward to the developing FBI
investigation. 

“I found her compelling and I’m glad she had her voice here and I
think they could both be right,” Conway said. “Something terrible
could have happened the summer they were both 15 and Judge
Kavanaugh was not involved. That’s why you have sworn testimony,
corroborating evidence, if you can find it.”

Following Ford’s testimony, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake called for an
FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, which
Republican lawmakers then requested.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that the GOP drafted a
list of four witnesses for the FBI to interview as part of the
investigation. The report added that the FBI will probe aspects
of sexual misconduct allegations made by all three women who have
come forward against Kavanaugh, but that it does not plan to
directly question the third, Julie Swetnick, about her claims.

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