Congresswoman, first to talk to Kavanaugh accuser, calls her 'honest person'

“She really is your next door neighbor," Rep. Anna Eshoo said.

ByAvery Miller
September 19, 2018, 4:29 PM

Rep. Anna Eshoo, the California Democrat who was first approached by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser over the summer, describes Christine Blasey Ford as a “gentle, honest person who may change people’s minds.”

Eshoo told ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast host Jonathan Karl that she met with the college professor for almost two hours face-to-face over the July Fourth holiday when she wanted to share her story.

“My constituent is not a creature of Washington, D.C.," Eshoo said. "That's not who she is.”

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., accompanied by Sen. Maria Cantwell, right, and other Democratic congressmen, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 16, 2018.
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Eshoo, who said Ford discreetly called her district office, recounted how she wanted to make sure the alleged victim felt comfortable, and that her privacy would be respected. “I think that, you know, her soft-spoken nature but the power of her story, and her honesty and her intelligence will certainly be on display," Eshoo said of possible public testimony by Ford.

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