Trump’s supreme court pick accused of sexual assault

Geneva Stokes
September 17, 2018

She also referred the letter to the F.B.I., which added it - with Ford's name redacted - to Kavanaugh's background check folder.

Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, had alleged in a letter sent to Sen.

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.

In the interview, Ford said that the lasting trauma from the attack had "derailed me substantially for four or five years", and had caused anxiety for years after that.

Mr Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and she was studying at a nearby high school.

Kavanaugh, 53 and a federal appeals judge in Washington, on Sunday repeated an earlier denial of Ford's allegation.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Mrs Ford told the newspaper. From there, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom and on top of a bed, where she said Kavanaugh attacked her, groping her and trying to pull off her clothes and a one-piece bathing suit, all while holding his hand over her mouth so she couldn't scream.

The Telegraph contacted the White House for comment on Ms Ford's claims, but had no response at the time of going to press.

"From the outset, I have believed these allegations were extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh's character", Feinstein said in a statement. "On July 6 I notified my local government representative to ask them how to proceed with sharing this information". 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.

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According to the Post, Ford took a polygraph test in August and presented the results to the paper that allegedly conclude she was being truthful in her accusation.

Ford told the Post the other person watched while this transpired. A Republican spokesman for the committee questioned the timing of the allegations, saying in a statement: "It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way".

It's not surprising that Kavanaugh opponents want a full investigation into Ford's allegations.

As the Republicans control 51 seats of the Senate, even if every Democrat votes against Kavanaugh, if Republicans vote as a block, the confirmation will pass.

Last week, Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations. The statement didn't say whether there would be any schedule change, and Foy didn't immediately respond to a query on the issue.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its hearings on Kavanaugh and had plans to vote this week. We know that Kavanaugh's corroborating witness (conservative author Mark Judge) has written a memoir - helpfully titled Wasted: Tales of a GenEx Drunk - in which he describes frequently suffering from alcohol-induced blackouts as a teenager.

The Post's article included an interview with Ford's husband and her lawyer, Debra Katz, and described a therapist's notes from 2012 in which Ford told of the attack.

The woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has not come forward publicly.

But Doug Jones of Alabama says there's time for lawmakers to investigate. It's a true "she said, he said" - or, rather, "they said", since two people deny this incident ever happened.

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