Dr. Christine Blasey Ford definitively shot down the conspiracy theory pushed by Kavanaugh supporters about her attacker's identity.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford definitively shot down a Republican-led conspiracy theory about mistaken identity about who attacked her when she was in high school.
When asked by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) how sure she was it was that it was Brett Kavanaugh who sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school, Blasey Ford responded simply, forcefully, and with conviction.
"100 percent," she said.
Durbin was the third Senator to ask Blasey Ford about her certainty about who attacked her, following Sens. Feinstein (D-CA) and Leahy (D-VT).
The questions followed Blasey Ford's testimony about the sexual assault and attempted rape by Kavanaugh. In emotional testimony, with her voice breaking at times, Blasey Ford described how Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed, tried to remove her clothing, and covered her mouth so no one could hear her scream, as his friend, Mark Judge, watched and laughed.
Democratic Senators likely felt compelled to ask Blasey Ford about her certainty because of wild conspiracy theories spread by Republican operatives over the last several days.
Most prominent among the theories was one told by Republican powerhouse attorney Ed Whelan. In a bizarre and widely-mocked series of tweets, Whelan posited that Blasey Ford misidentified Kavanaugh, confusing him with another high school student. His "evidence" included floor plans of a suburban Maryland house obtained from Zillow and high school-era photos of Kavanaugh and a classmate.
Whelan partially retracted his accusations, but the doppelgänger theory kept hold among some Republicans.
Late in the night, hours before the hearing began, the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee released information showing two men have come forward claiming they, not Kavanaugh, assaulted Blasey Ford. But even Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham dismisses those accounts, calling one of the men, "crazy as a loon."
Despite spurious attacks on her credibility, Blasey Ford has given a straightforward account of her recollections.
And she has no doubt whatsoever that it was Brett Kavanaugh, not anyone else, who assaulted her that night in high school.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.