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Christine Ford’s Lawyer Wanted ‘Asterisk’ Next to Kavanaugh’s Name

Previously denied accusations were politically motivated

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Debra Katz, the lawyer for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford, said that putting "an asterisk" next to Kavanaugh's name was "part of what motivated" Ford's accusations in a video posted to Twitter.

In the video, posted by Daily Caller reporter Mary Margaret Olohan, Katz is heard saying that Kavanaugh "will always have an asterisk next to his name" when he "takes a scalpel" to landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. Revealing what she considered to be Kavanaugh's true character ahead of a hypothetical reversal of Roe is "part of what motivated Christine," according to Katz.

"I believe that Christine's testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the Court," Katz said, according to the video. "We were going to have a conservative. Elections have consequences."

Dr. Ford nearly derailed Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court when she alleged that a teenaged Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her during the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.

After both Ford and Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and an FBI investigation looked into the allegations, the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Washington Post profile published during the confirmation fight described Katz as a self-described "part of the resistance" against President Donald Trump.

"This administration's explicit agenda is to wage an assault on our most basic rights – from reproductive rights to our rights to fair pay," she said in an interview with the National Women's Law Center.

Last year, Katz insisted that Ford's accusations against Kavanaugh were not politically motivated, and in April of this year a coalition of progressive advocacy groups wrote a letter asking House Democrats to investigate the allegations, along with looking into Kavanaugh's personal financial debt.

Katz also reported her client was receiving threats in the aftermath of the confirmation process.