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Martha McSally: Respect Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, but have 'due process and fairness'

"I think in general everyone should have a tone of respect and fairness for all parties involved," McSally said on 12 Today

Martha McSally, who joined 12 Today bright and early Monday morning, said the Senate Judiciary Committee has been working "really hard" to make sure the voice of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser is heard.

The Republican Congresswoman said the committee is also working hard to make sure the process is fair.

"This hearing on Thursday is a result of that," McSally said. "I think that's an important step that the Judiciary Committee is going through."

The allegations against Kavanaugh date back to the early 1980s when Kavanaugh and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, were in high school. The two are scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

READ: Christine Ford accepts Senate invitation to testify on Kavanaugh allegation Thursday

A second woman has since accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, telling the New Yorker how the Supreme Court nominee allegedly "thrust his penis in her face" during a party in college. McSally said these new allegations just came out, so more information is needed to figure out a "path forward."

READ: As Senate hearing set for Kavanaugh, new accusers emerge

"I think in general everyone should have a tone of respect and fairness for all party's involved," McSally said.

McSally previously told Team 12's Brahm Resnik that this topic was "pretty personal" for her.

The United States Senate candidate revealed in a Wall Street Journal interview that she was sexually assaulted when she was 17 by her high school track coach.

She told the Wall Street Journal she didn't tell her friends or family about the assault for about 10 years. Although, she said Monday she did tell two people, one of which got the coach "immediately fired."

READ: Why Martha McSally didn't report her abuse allegation right away

When asked about President Trump's comments regarding Ford not reporting her allegations immediately, McSally said "a lot of people who have not been through this, thank God they've not been through this, don't understand that a lot of us don't immediately go to law enforcement,"

"Many women and some men have been through experiences like this, so let's have respect for that, but let's also have due process and fairness," McSally said.

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