The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a legal complaint against Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers, accusing them of potentially misleading their client and forcing her to endure a public spectacle she would have rather avoided. The group’s president, Tom Fitton, suspects that Ford’s attorneys intentionally withheld information from their client so that the Democratic Party could get what they wanted: Ford testifying on national television against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In the run-up to Ford’s testimony, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) made it clear on several occasions that committee investigators were willing to bend over backwards to allow Ford to tell her story to Congress. That included an offer to send investigators out to California, where Ford would be able to record her allegations against Kavanaugh away from the eyes and ears of the nation.
But when Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked her if her lawyers had informed her of other forms in which her testimony could have been delivered.
“Was it communicated to you by your counsel or someone else, that the committee had asked to interview you and that–that they offered to come out to California to do so?” asked Mitchell.
This drew an objection from Michael Bromwich, one of three lawyers representing the accuser. He said the question demanded that Ford divulge a “privileged conversation.”
Ultimately, however, Ford answered: “I just appreciate that you did offer that. I wasn’t clear on what the offer was. If you were going to come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and had you–had been happy to speak with you out there. I just did not–it wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.”
Fitton, in his legal complaint, said that this answer is tantamount to an allegation of misconduct on the part of Ford’s attorneys.
“We are concerned that ethics rules were violated by Dr. Ford’s attorneys during the Kavanaugh confirmation and took action to get accountability,” he said in a statement.
Ford’s lawyers released a joint statement dismissing the complaint as a “shameful effort to politicize the bar disciplinary process.”
“The claim that we failed to advise Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of the various options available to her in connection with her allegations that Judge– now Justice–Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s is completely false and without merit,” they wrote.