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The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault will testify in a public hearing on Capital Hill Thursday morning. That came Sunday from both the Senate Judiciary Committee and attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford. Her legal team saying in a statement, quote, 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.
Only hours after the news broke, The New Yorker published the story of another woman Deborah Ramirez who said she was also sexual harassed by Kavanaugh when they were students at Yale University in the 1980s. Senate Democrats told the magazine they are investigating this new allegation. Kavanaugh issued a statement in response, saying the incident described by Ramirez never happened, and calling it a quote, smear, plain and simple.
Kavanaugh is also set to testify at the hearing on Thursday. He says he looks forward to defending his good name and reputation against these quote, last minute allegations. Details of Thursday's hearing have yet to be hammered out, including who will be asking Ford questions. But the first member of Congress to hear her account firsthand gave a hint of what to expect.
>> She went into many details and at the end of our conversation, I told her that I believed her. This is an intelligent woman. This is not a woman that is confused, mixed up, this is something that she has carried with her just as so many victims do.
>> Ford claims that the US federal judge was a quote, stumbling drunk at a party more than 30 years ago when he pinned her to a bed, groped her, and tried to cover her mouth when she screamed. Kavanaugh forcefully denies the allegations. Ford, a California professor, made her identity known last week.
Ford's lawyers want Senators themselves, rather than staff attorneys to question her. Saying that some lawmakers have been quote, dismissive of her account and should, therefore, have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions.