Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) accepted a letter on Thursday afternoon signed by over 1,000 Holton-Arms alumnae saying not only do they believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, but they demand an investigation.
.@SenGillibrand: “Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims? The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI to review these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? It is not.” pic.twitter.com/qzkD4lPyrV
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 20, 2018
.@HoltonArms alumna Alexis Goldstein said it best. "Don't mess with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Don't mess with the alumnae of the Holton-Arms School. But most importantly, don't mess with survivors." pic.twitter.com/vfLJWcYNvs
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) September 20, 2018
We are alumnae of the Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate.
We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.
Dr. Blasey Ford’s experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.
Holton’s motto teaches students to “find a way or make one.” We dream of making a world where women are free from harassment, assault, and sexual violence. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Blasey Ford for bravely stepping forward and bringing us closer to that world we all seek.
Holton Alumnae in Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
Dr. Blasey Ford’s peers from the class of 1984 have their own letter they sent to Congress:Letter+to+Congress+-+Holton+Class+of+1984
The Class of 1984, Dr. Blasey Ford’s classmates, wrote to attest to her “honesty, integrity, and intelligence” and to contend that this is not a partisan act, but an act of civic duty.
The classmates say they represent “all political parties” and they support her bringing this allegation forward, as it needs to be “seriously considered.”
“As sexual assault violates a woman’s most fundamental rights, it must be considered a failure of character at any age—regardless of the subsequent accomplishments and power attained by the offender. It should not be dismissed as youthful bad judgment, however aberrant it may be,” they point out.
“In light of Christine’s experience, we hold our elected officials responsible for conducting a more thorough and comprehensive review of this Supreme Court nominee. Having taken this courageous step, Christine deserves your due consideration on this serious matter.
We stand with our friend Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and admire her honesty and resolve on behalf of our nation.”
As Senator Hirono said on MSNBC Wednesday evening, the whole power of the White House is being used against Dr. Ford, and she is being revictimized. The witness tampering should be investigated by the FBI.
“She’s afraid to come and testify,” the Democratic Senator from Hawaii pointed out.
Senator Hirono on death threats and intimidation of Dr. Ford: “That sounds like witness tampering to me.” pic.twitter.com/qRnUVSs6TF
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) September 20, 2018
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