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

Democrats call to delay Kavanaugh committee vote, after accuser comes forward

Democrats call to delay Kavanaugh committee vote, after accuser comes forward

A woman who had anonymously accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s chose to go public with her accusations, the Washington Post reported. The therapist's notes, which were reviewed by the Washington Post, didn't mention Kavanaugh's name but did she say 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". According to Ford's account, an intoxicated Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, allegedly pushed Ford into a bedroom at a party, where Kavanaugh "held her down with the weight of his body and fumbled with her clothes" while both boys laughed "maniacally".

The future Supreme Court nominee pinned Ms. Judge to a bed, groped her and grinded on top of her and tried to take off her bathing suit.

Ford alleges that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her in high school, and recounted her story to The Washington Post.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", she said. Ford discussed the incident, which occurred in the early 1980's when both she and Kavanaugh were in high school.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Sunday he was working on setting up bipartisan calls to keep Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation on track.

US President Donald Trump greets Kavanaugh in the White House. I did not do this back in high school or at any time'. She said she thinking that, "I'm not ever telling anyone this". Feinstein first sent a cryptic statement about the accusation last week before the New Yorker reported Friday on the lurid details of the charge. Ford kept silent about the attempted assault until 2012, when she revealed the story to a therapist during couples counseling with her husband. On the advice of Katz, who believed Ford would be attacked as a liar if she came forward, Ford took a polygraph test administered by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in early August.

A number of Judiciary Committee members urged holding off on a vote in light of Ford's testimony - including Republican Jeff Flake, a vocal critic of Trump, who told the Post that she "must be heard" first.

Kavanaugh has denied the charges.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Committee, said he "would gladly" hear from Ms Ford but it needs to be done quickly.

Kavanaugh said he "categorically" denied the accusation, and Judge said the story is "absolutely nuts". She broke away and ran from the room when Judge jumped on top of them.

A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee said late Sunday that Grassley is trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Feinstein, before Thursday's scheduled vote.

The National Women's Law Center issued a statement saying that the Senate has an opportunity to "get it right this time and not repeat the wrongs done to Anita Hill in 1991". In late July, Ford sent a letter through Eshoo's office to Feinstein.

In her Sunday op-ed, Feinstein accuses Kavanaugh of being overly ideological and references the sexual misconduct allegation. A potential "no" vote from Flake would complicate Kavanaugh's prospects. In her letter, she said she wanted her allegation to be kept confidential, but she said she has made a decision to finally speak publicly amid heightened media scrutiny, diminishing privacy, and falsehoods about her story.

Ford hired Debra Katz, an attorney known for her past work on sexual harassment cases, to represent her.

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