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

'This woman will be heard' - White House adviser on Kavanaugh accuser

'This woman will be heard' - White House adviser on Kavanaugh accuser

He also told the New York Times that Kavanaugh was a "brilliant student" who loved sports and was not "into anything insane or illegal".

In The Washington Post interview, Mrs Ford said that when she tried to scream, Mr Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. According to Kavanaugh and Judge, Ford's story is categorically and unequivocally false.

The White House and other Kavanaugh supporters had dismissed the allegation of sexual misconduct when it was initially conveyed in a private letter. However, Slate points out that Judge has written about his struggle with alcoholism, including black-out drunkenness, fictionalizing the name of the school he attended and referring to another individual who he names "Bart O'Kavanaugh", who partook in enough alcohol to vomit in someone else's vehicle and pass out. It stems from an alleged incident 35 years ago when Kavanaugh was likely a junior in high school, though his accuser said she could not be sure of the precise year or location of the alleged attack. She should not be ignored.

FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC said he would "gladly listen" to Ford's account in person so the confirmation process can continue as scheduled.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford said.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, also a Judiciary Committee member, said that if Ford wants to provide information to the committee, "I would gladly listen to what she has to say". But since the Intercept revealed the allegation - which quickly snowballed into absurd theater in the days following - she said she felt she needed to come forward. A committee vote is scheduled for Thursday, just weeks before November 6 congressional elections. The letter was circulated by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old professor who teaches clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, described an incident that she alleges happened during a small house party in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the summer of 1982. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP. Richard Blumenthal, both members of the committee, likewise demanded a delay on the confirmation vote until further investigation.

A potential "no" vote from Flake would complicate the judge's prospects. Some Republican members, including Sen.

It was "disturbing", Grassley said, that such accusations would come forward before the scheduled committee vote on Kavanaugh Sept. 20. Contacted Sunday by CNN, Sen.

"It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now", the statement said. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. The contents of the letter leaked last week and Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on the bed, sending all three tumbling off the bed. She said she went home and didn't tell anyone until she and her husband were in couples therapy in 2012. He said he recalled his wife using Kavanaugh's last name and expressing concern that Kavanaugh - then a federal judge - might someday be nominated to the Supreme Court.

It's like this: If Democrats could forgive Ted Kennedy for Mary Jo Kopechne, then they can certainly give a pass to a teen-age Kavanaugh.

The 11th-hour charge rocked the confirmation process for Kavanaugh, who had appeared headed for a successful vote for weeks.

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