As reported by WashingtonExaminer
Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, deleted her social media profile weeks before she sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein detailing the allegation, according to a new book.
The book, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, set for release Tuesday, details how Ford was portrayed as politically moderate. But her acquaintances reported Ford’s profile on social media “had been notable for its extreme antipathy to President Trump,” conservative authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino wrote. Additionally, her political views “ran decidedly to the left and were at variance with most of her family’s,” and Ford’s friends on Facebook said she “regularly expressed hostility” toward the Trump administration, they said.
Ford’s profile, however, was “completely scrubbed” about the time Kavanaugh was tapped for the Supreme Court in early July 2018. Ford informed Feinstein, the California Democrat, of her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh during a small gathering at a suburban Maryland home more than 30 years ago in a letter dated July 30, 2018.
The allegation roiled the battle to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh unequivocally denied Ford’s allegation, and the two testified separately before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an emotionally charged hearing in September.
The Senate ultimately confirmed Kavanaugh to the high court in October.
In addition to wiping her social media profile, Hemingway, a senior editor at the Federalist, and Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network, also reported that while Ford previously went by her maiden name, the media referred to her by her married name and her formal title, “Dr.”
“Some suggested that she was following sophisticated public relations advice to emphasize her relationship with her husband,” the two wrote.
In her letter to Feinstein, Ford requested the accusation remain confidential. But as word of the claims began to spread in the press, she later decided to speak publicly about the alleged encounter with the Washington Post for an article published Sept. 16.
After Ford came forward, the team working on Kavanaugh’s confirmation maintained a policy of not attacking her, Severino and Hemingway wrote, “even though damaging information about Ford was being openly discussed by people who knew her, some who knew her quite well.”
“Classmates were surprised by the media’s portrayal of her as an ingenue, which was very different from how they remembered her in junior high and high school,” according to the book. “Female classmates and friends at area schools recalled a heavy drinker who was much more aggressive with boys than they were.”