WaPo’s Emma Brown: Kavanaugh’s Accuser Said She Had a ‘Civic Duty’ to Come Forward and Tell Her Story

‘I think it’s another sort of hurdle to come forward and be questioned publicly’


BROWN: "Yes, she sent a text to our tip line in early July and she and I talked then and she — she even then really didn’t want to come forward, she just really wanted somebody to know what had happened to her, she said. Around that same time she contacted a Congress person, too, and told that person and wasn’t ready to come forward. So over the summer, she struggled and tried to figure out basically what she was going to do with this information. She said she had a civic duty to tell it, but she also understood that it was going to mean, you know, if she came forward, it was going to change her life."
BRZEZINSKI: "And so why did she come forward now?"
BROWN: "She said, you know, as things started to leak last week, people — 'The Intercept' reported that there was a secret document and then there were further reports about what was in the letter that she had written to Feinstein. Reporters were starting to show up at her door, at her workplace, she felt her privacy was already being chipped away at. She said, you know, she said to me, 'These are the ills I was trying to avoid anyway,' so now her calculation shifted, she said, and she was ready to come forward."

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