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FEATURING JESSICA MASON PIEKLO – Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has reached a deal with the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify this Thursday. Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when they were both in high school. Her lawyers released a statement on Sunday saying, “Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her.”

Meanwhile two new allegations have come up implicating Kavanaugh. On Sunday The New Yorker published a report of a woman named Deborah Ramirez who says she was the target of sexual assault by Kavanaugh at a party in the early 1980s when the judge was a freshman at Yale University. And, attorney Michael Avenatti says he has, “significant evidence of multiple house parties in the Washington D.C. area during the early 1990s during which Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge and others would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs in order to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.”

Democrats have asked for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be postponed. It remains to be seen what Republicans will do.

Jessica Mason Pieklo is Vice President of Law and the Courts at Rewire.News. She is a writer and adjunct law professor in Boulder, Colorado. She is the former assistant director of the Health Law Clinic at Hamline Law School in St. Paul, Minnesota and former litigator.

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