>> I'm still the same person as I was a week ago. The only difference is that you know more about me now than you did a week ago. It's been a tough week for Republican Senator Joni Ernst. In an interview published by Bloomberg News on Wednesday, she revealed that she'd been raped as a college student.
Then, just hours later, she faced questions about Monday's public disclosure of her recent divorce documents. Documents revealing alleged abuse by her ex-husband.>> I wanted those documents to be sealed. I think both of us did. I think every survivor should have the right to decide when it's their time to tell a story and when it's not their time to tell a story and unfortunately that was taken away from me.
On Monday, affidavits that Ernst and her now ex husband Gail Ernst filed in their divorce were published by City View in Des Moines, Iowa. Ernst told Bloomberg, that her then husband, with whom she has a daughter, physically attacked her during their marriage. In his affidavit, Gail Ernst does not respond to the physical abuse allegation.
He denied having any affairs. This week, Ernst, the fourth-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, also telling Bloomberg News that one night at Iowa State University, a man with whom she was in a relationship raped her at his home and later threatened to kill himself if she broke up with him.
She says she called a campus counseling center hotline and ended the relationship, but she did not report the incident to police.>> And I thought->> No, no, no, no, no.>> I thought->> After explosive hearings last year, Ernst voted to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford.
Ernst reportedly said she believed Ford experienced trauma, but that Kavanaugh was, quote, not the source of her trauma. The affidavits also revealed that Donald Trump interviewed Ernst to be his running mate during a visit to his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club in 2016. She wrote, quote, I turned candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn't the right thing for me or my family.
>> I have always been a strong proponent of working for those survivors of sexual assault.>> Ernst who has partnered with New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand to stop sexual assault in the military faces re-election in 2020.>> Thank you.>> Thanks very much.