‘Someone composing a story can make it all come together in a seamless way, but someone who is honest … is also candid about what he or she cannot remember.’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) As Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony continued through a 12:45 p.m. lunch break recess, the line of inquiry from the interrogator representing Republican Judiciary Committee members focused on the events from Ford’s writing of a confidential letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein on July 30 and her ultimate decision to go public with the information.
One line of questioning that seemed to raise some questions was the validity of a polygraph test that she took at the advice of her attorneys. Ford said she took the polygraph at a hotel conference room near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport the day after her grandmother’s funeral while she was rushed to catch an outgoing flight.
Ford said that she was “crying a lot” during the administration of the test.
“I was scared of the test itself, but I was comfortable that I could tell the information and the test would reveal whatever it was expected to reveal,” she said.
The timing of Ford’s hiring of lawyers also seemed to raise some additional scrutiny. Ford said she was interviewing attorneys after submitting her letter to Feinstein while on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware during the first week of August.
Ford said she interviewed attorneys in the driveway and while sitting in a Walgreens parking lot based on the advice of friends she was vacationing with.
“Those persons advised me to at this point get a lawyer for advice as to whether to push forward or to stay back.”
But despite her decision to go forward, she said she never spoke personally about the allegations with anyone, including her parents during a visit to New Hampshire the following week.
“Definitely not,” she said.
Democrats, including Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D.-Conn., spent much of their time belaboring certain points about the need for an FBI investigation and the need for testimony from alleged witness Mark Judge.
Blumenthal also grandstanded a bit about the importance for trauma victims to come forward and the inspiring example Ford has set, as well as the difficulty for abuse survivors to provide accurate details.
“You have been very honest about what you cannot remember, and someone composing a story can make it all come together in a seamless way, but someone who is honest—I speak from my experiences as a prosecutor as well—is also candid about what he or she cannot remember.”