Ford: Feinstein Gave Me Advice On Attorneys


Senate Judiciary Committee special counsel Rachel Miller grilled Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on her relationship with Congressional Democrats, particularly Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in terms of advising and assisting to her. Her attorneys said they had "no expectation of being paid" but did not elaborate on other expenditures.

"When we left off we were still talking about the polygraph. I believe you said it hasn't been paid for yet," Miller said.

"Let me put an end to this mystery," Ford's counsel jumped in. "Her lawyers have been for her polygraph."

Miller asks Ford about funding:

MILLER: Dr. Ford, do you expect the price of that polygraph to be passed on to you?

FORD: I'm not sure yet. I haven't taken a look at all of the costs involved in this and kept track of that paperwork. I'm sure I have a lot of work to do to catch up on that later.

MILLER: You have a lot going on and you had that for several months. Is that your understanding someone else is going to assist you with some of these fees including the cost of your polygraph?

FORD: I'm aware there have been several GoFundMe to be sites that I have not had a chance to figure out how to manage those because I never had one.

MILLER: Several what?

FORD: GoFundMe sites that have raised money primarily for our security detail. I'm not even sure how to collect that money or how to distribute it yet. I've not been able to focus on that.

MILLER: In your testimony this morning you stated Senator Feinstein send you a letter on August 31st of this year. Is that right?

FORD: I sent her a letter on July 30th. I don't have the date. I would have to pull up my email to find a date of her email to me right before the hearings, that she was going to maintain the confidentiality of the letter...

MILLER: Between your polygraph on August 7th and your receipt of the letter from Senator Feinstein, did you or anyone on your behalf speak to any member of Congress or Congressional staff about these allegations?

FORD: I personally did not.

MILLER: My question was did you or anybody on your behalf?

FORD: What do you mean? Did someone speak for me?

MILLER: Was someone working with you, helping you, did somebody at your behest, on your behalf, speak to somebody in Congress or staff?

FORD: I'm not sure. I'm not sure how these exchanges went but I did not speak to anyone.

MILLER: Is it possible that somebody did?

FORD: I think so. It is possible.

Ford talks more about GoFundMe accounts and "members of the community" of Palo Alto who are contributing to her security detail.

RACHEL MILLER: Besides -- you mentioned some GoFundMe accounts. Besides those, are there any other efforts outside of your own personal finances to pay for your legal fees or any of the costs occurred -- incurred?

DR. CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD: It's my understanding that some of my team is working on a pro bono basis, but I don't know the exact details. There are members of the community in Palo Alto that have the means to contribute to help me with the security detail, et cetera.

MILLER: Have you been provided --

MICHAEL BROMWICH, ATTORNEY FOR DR. FORD: I can help you with that. Both counsel are doing this pro bono. we are not being paid and have no expectation of being paid.

Miller asks specifically about lawfirms and Feinstein:

MILLER: Just a couple of clean-up questions, first of all. Which of your two lawyers did Senator Feinstein's office recommend?

FORD: The Katz.

MILLER: I'm sorry?

FORD: The Katz firm.

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