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'My Fear Will Not Hold Me Back': Kavanaugh Accuser Warns Senate Republicans They Can't Silence Her

In a new letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford told Republicans that she's still standing.

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Even after everything that has happened, Senate Republicans are still determined to ram through Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, despite the mounting scandals.

But one woman refuses to surrender in her fight for the truth: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a house party while they were in high school.

On Monday, POLITICO obtained a letter sent by Ford to the Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), warning him on no uncertain terms that whether he likes it or not, she will be heard.

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"Mr. Kavanaugh's actions, while many years ago, were serious and have had a lasting impact on my life," wrote Ford. "I thought that knowledge of his actions could be useful for you and those in charge of choosing among the various candidates. My original intent was first and foremost to be a helpful citizen — in a confidential way that would minimize collateral damage to all families and friends involved."

Senate Republicans have been relentlessly hostile to Ford, with some members calling her confused or a liar. While they have gone through the motions of extending Ford an invitation to testify, they have tried to make the process as hellish and difficult for her as possible, refusing to allow her to call witnesses and potentially forcing her to submit to a partisan outside counsel for questioning. They also tried to force her to accept an expedited timeline for testimony, but ultimately capitulated and let her set the date.

Since Ford sent the letter, another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has also come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, and there are potentially others.

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Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.