A group of Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the House and Senate Ethics Committees requesting an investigation into the handling of Christine Blasey Ford’s letters on her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In the letters to the committees, the congressmen requested investigations into how Ford's July 30 letter to her local congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., which was then forwarded to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
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Although in the correspondence Ford asked that her identity remain confidential, details of her allegation were leaked to the media last month, after which Feinstein sent the letter to the FBI and Ford went public in a Washington Post report.
“This sensitive document was leaked to the media without Dr. Ford’s consent while it was hidden from the majority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” the congressmen say in their letter. “These acts demand an immediate and thorough investigation to find out who is responsible.”
Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school gathering 36 years ago, testified last Thursday that she sent the letter to Eshoo before it was forwarded to Feinstein.
Feinstein has denied that she or any one of her staffers leaked the letter. She also said she didn't provide the letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, because she wished to respect Ford's request for privacy.
“Leaking Dr. Ford’s letter was a cynically political act that is damaging to the credibility of the United States Congress,” the letter states. “Deliberately outing Dr. Ford without her consent may have a lasting impact on women’s willingness to report future assaults.”
The letters requesting ethics investigations were signed by Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Rod Blum, R-Iowa, Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Ralph Norman, R-S.C.