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Ford: I Came Forward Because Reporters Were 'Trying to Talk to My Dog Through the Window'

Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool Image via AP)

Christine Blasey Ford, who is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today — trying to convince senators that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in high school — told Sen. Dianne Feinstein that she decided to come forward because reporters were trying to talk to her dog through the window.

Feinstein asked, “How did you decide to come forward?”

“Ultimately because reporters were sitting outside of my home trying to talk to my dog through the window to calm the dog down,” Ford explained.

In addition, she said, “A reporter appeared in my graduate classroom and I mistook her for a student and she came up to ask me a question and I thought that she was a student and it turned out that she was a reporter.”

“At that point, I felt like enough was enough,” she said, adding that people were calling her colleagues from Standford saying they knew who she was.

“The mounting pressure seemed like it was time to say what I needed to say,” she concluded.

Dr. Ford, who is flanked by her attorneys today, will face questions from both Democrats and (presumably) Republicans on the committee and will also be questioned by Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Judge Kavanaugh will face questions later in the day.