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Christine Blasey Ford. Photo: Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images.

A GoFundMe campaign that was set up to help Christine Blasey Ford with expenses has raised more than $270,000 just hours after she mentioned it existed in her testimony, totaling more than $400,000 by Thursday evening with donations from more than 9,500 people.

Why it matters: The campaign to "Help Christine Blasey Ford," had $175,000 when the hearing began Thursday at 10 a.m., per The New York Times. Ford and her family moved out of their home as they had faced death threats, and hired a security detail since she went public with her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. There are currently more than a dozen campaigns on GoFundMe aimed to raise money for the fees Ford has incurred throughout the process of coming forward with her allegations, according to Slate.

In the hearing, Ford was questioned repeatedly by Rachel Mitchell, prosecutor for the Republican members of the committee, about whether she has received any outside financial assistance. Ford's lawyers said they're working pro bono.

  • Ford said she has been aware of several GoFundMe sites that are trying to help cover her legal expenses, but added she hasn't "had a chance to figure out how to manage those because I’ve never had one."

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Bill Clinton hospitalized for non-COVID-related infection

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Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday for a non-COVID-related infection, his spokesperson Angel Ureña said Thursday.

The latest: In an update on Friday, Ureña said Clinton's health indicators are "trending in the right direction, including his white blood count which has decreased significantly."

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

Capitol Police officer indicted for obstructing Jan. 6 investigation

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.