Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Christine Blasey Ford: Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

Christine Blasey Ford: Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

Democratic senators on Sunday called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its planned vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court after a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct revealed her identity.

In her interview with The Post, Ford offered further detail, saying that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend, both "stumbling drunk", led her into a bedroom at a home in Montgomery County, Maryland, where teenagers had gathered.

Kavanaugh denies her allegations and, in a statement to the New Yorker, said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

Christine Ford told the Post she believed the incident happened in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17. Dianne Feinstein of California said "nothing" for months.

Ford took a polygraph test in early August, then chose to remain anonymous, despite the results affirming her honesty.

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Ford's account has also been detailed in a confidential letter that Sen. The uncertainty is due in part to the staleness of her claim and in part to the fact that it didn't surface until after Judge Kavanaugh had finished testifying.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, under Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), on Friday released a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and said that he "always treated women with decency and respect". Democrats have argued throughout that the process has been rushed, with documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the George W Bush White House withheld from congressional scrutiny.

Judge and Kavanaugh pushed Ford onto a bed in the room, where rock-and-roll music was playing at a high volume, Ford alleged. "Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced".

Raj Shah, White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement on Sunday, "As the [Post] story notes, we are standing with Judge Kavanaugh's denials". "I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was", said the 85-year-old jurist. The Senate Judiciary Committee has set its vote on his nomination for this coming Thursday. Speaking last Wednesday at the George Washington University Law School, a day before Feinstein disclosed the letter, Ginsburg called the Kavanaugh hearings "a highly partisan show".

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations. President Donald Trump nominated him in July to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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But if Republican leaders and the Trump team are confident they have enough votes to put Kavanaugh on the highest court in the land, there are ample reasons to think they will carry on with their plans.

According to the Post, Ms. Ford is a registered Democrat who had "made small contributions to political organizations".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the newspaper, adding, "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing". "They must also have unquestionable character and integrity, and serious questions remain about Judge Kavanaugh in this regard, as indicated in information I referred to the FBI", Feinstein writes.

"But at this point, it's an anonymous letter, you're not going to be able to really test it unless somebody comes forward with more information", Jones said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Read the whole Washington Post report here.

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Several Democrats joined Feinstein in calling for more scrutiny of the allegation before a vote.

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