Brett Kavanaugh accuser speaks out about sexual assault allegations

Pauline Gross
September 17, 2018

"She's willing to do what she needs to do, she's willing to hopefully tell her story in a manner that is a fair proceeding", Katz said.

Flake did not say to the Post what form the communication with Ford should take or how he plans to vote. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wouldn't say if the vote should be postponed.

WASHINGTON-The woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than 30 years ago has come forward, saying that during a high school party a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, groped her and covered her mouth to keep her from screaming.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told the Post.

Democrats sought to put pressure on Republicans to delay the process.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next Thursday, with the full Republican-led Senate looking to consider it later this month.

"My biggest fear was, do I look like someone just attacked me?" she said.

Ford said she told no one about the alleged attack until 2012, when she was in couples counseling with her husband. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford, who after months of soul-searching made a decision to go public.

Nor should Kavanaugh's accuser get a public hearing, especially under such clearly political circumstances.

As I have made clear in these pages and on Twitter, I have been a strong supporter of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court thus far. She said she had spoken to Kavanaugh about the matter on the phone and he was emphatic in his denial.

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A spokesman for Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Judiciary committee's Republican chairman, said Kavanaugh already went through several days of hearings and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Reporters, Ford said, had begun to make contact with her after the anonymous description emerged. Numerous Democrats on the committee, however, have since called for the confirmation process to be delayed in light of Ford's allegations.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations when they first surfaced last week. I did not do this back in high school or at any time'.

Despite the allegations, Thomas was ultimately confirmed on a 52-48 vote, and he still serves on the bench. The White House on Sunday did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens. What, then, would have been her motivation in accusing the judge? her supporters ask. He called Roe an "important precedent" during his Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing but refused to say whether the ruling was correct. Female voters preferred Democratic candidates over Republican ones by 54 per cent to 33 per cent, while 62 per cent of women disapproved of Trump's job performance, according to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll in July.

Graham doesn't say whether, if Ford provides information to the committee, she would be subject to examination. "And I don't think I'm alone in this", Flake told Politico.

She believes that the incident occurred in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and going to an all-girls school in Bethesda, Md.

Notes from an individual therapy session the following year show Ford described a "rape attempt" in her late teens. In her letter, she said she wanted her allegation to be kept confidential, but she said she has chose to finally speak publicly amid heightened media scrutiny, diminishing privacy, and falsehoods about her story.

Kavanaugh's nomination by US President Donald Trump has divided the Senate, with most Democrats opposing him and most Republicans supporting him.

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