Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Senators say Kavanaugh letter won’t hold up confirmation process

Senators say Kavanaugh letter won’t hold up confirmation process

Thom Tillis says he's "shocked" that the allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh did not come up in his days-long Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Blasey spoke to The Washington Post in an exclusive report about the event in question: more specifically, a summer evening in the 1980s in which Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" and assaulted her in a bedroom at a party. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", said Kavanaugh's statement.

Ford alleges another teenager watched as a drunken Kavanaugh attempted to remove her clothing at a gathering in suburban Maryland.

"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983".

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations against him.

Kavanaugh has denied any wrongdoing. A spokesman for the chairman said Kavanaugh has completed six Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks between 1993 and 2018, and that Feinstein, who obtained the letter in July, did not raise the issue during the hearings or attend a closed session on the nomination where the information could have been discussed.

The woman "said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result", The New Yorker added. The notes do not mention Kavanaugh's name but say she reported that she was attacked by students "from an elitist boys' school" who went on to become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".

Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of workplace sexual harassment during his confirmation hearing back in 1991, said she has seen "firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser and no one should have to endure that again".

Democrats surely were hoping the letter would prompt a federal inquiry and stall Kavanaugh's confirmation until after the midterm elections, when they hope to take over the Senate.

She continued: "The Senate Judiciary Committee should put in place a process that enables anyone with a complaint of this nature to be heard".

'Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?' she told the paper.

Ford, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University, sent a letter describing the incident to Sen.

Feinstein has not shared details about the letter beyond her statement Thursday, and before this week, no other senators on the Judiciary Committee had been permitted to see it, according to reports.

Ford described to the Post her concern her identity would be revealed anyway as the story snow balled.

The White House called Feinstein's move an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation". 'Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation'.

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