Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Brett Kavanaugh: accuser of Trump's Supreme Court pick goes public

Brett Kavanaugh: accuser of Trump's Supreme Court pick goes public

The notes also say four boys attacked her - but Ford insists this was the therapist's mistake.

Ford and her lawyer, Debra Katz, didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has already said that to push through a vote on Thursday would be an "insult" to American women.

NPR has not independently confirmed the contents of the letter, which the woman sent to her representative, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., after Kavanaugh was nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Murkowski of Alaska haven't said whether they'll vote to confirm Kavanaugh, nor have a handful of Democrats from states that backed Trump in 2016.

The allegation first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that has been in the possession of Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for some time.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", Ford said about her identity becoming public.

Now, Judge Kavanaugh, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has said unequivocally and categorically, he denies this ever happened. Ford discussed the incident, which occurred in the early 1980's when both she and Kavanaugh were in high school.

The Post identified Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University in California, as the woman whose accusation surfaced last week and raised the first serious doubts about Kavanaugh's confirmation. However, the woman in question made it clear she did not want this information to be public.

"I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation", Feinstein said. He also said she mentioned Kavanaugh's name and voiced concern he might one day ascend to the Supreme Court-he was a D.C. Circuit Court judge at the time.

Ford said she told no one about the alleged attack until 2012, when she was in couples counseling with her husband.

Top White House aide Kellyanne Conway said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, should be heard and that the White House is open to her testifying on Capitol Hill. She says Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it. Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says, and escaped when Judge jumped on them.

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, said in a statement following the report that the timing of the allegations shortly before the committee's scheduled vote was "disturbing".

Hill said in a statement to Politico, "The reluctance of someone to come forward demonstrates that even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power". Feinstein did not reveal the letter until last week, when she said was referring it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. The WaPo article describes her as teaching in a consortium with Stanford University.

Feinstein said Sunday that the FBI should investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh before the committee moves forward with his nomination.

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