The women also raised questions about who had paid Ford’s legal bills, and pointed to the hundreds of thousands of dollars supporters had donated through crowdfunding campaigns. (Ford’s attorneys said they were working pro bono, and Ford said the donations were paying for security she needed after receiving death threats.)

Leach went as far as to suggest that Ford had been “paid off” for her testimony, noting that Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) passed an envelope to the professor’s legal team before the hearing. (The congresswoman says the envelope contained notes from women who were not allowed in the hearing room.)

Far from blaming Ford, however, all of the woman expressed sympathy for her; one actually said Ford had been “raped” by the Democratic party. Pressed repeatedly on why Ford would come forward with false allegations, the women refused to criticize the research professor, outside of saying she seemed “coached.”