Lawyer: Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify publicly

Pauline Gross
September 17, 2018

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.

Conway said sworn testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford on the specific allegation should be considered as part of the record in the judge's hearings.

Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it.

Kavanaugh and Judge both denied Ford's allegations before her identity was made public and declined to comment to the Post about the incident after Ford came forward.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the Committee "must postpone the vote until these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated".

Grassley went on to say it raised a lot of questions about the "Democrats' tactics and motives" and encouraged Feinstein to release the letter she got in July from Ford.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Thursday. In late July, Ford sent a letter through Eshoo's office to Feinstein.

Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, called for a delay, saying the FBI should conduct an investigation before the Senate moves forward on the nominee. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

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

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"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the Post. The letter described what she said was Kavanaugh's sudden and brutal assault on her at a high school party in "the early 1980s".

"Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with (another teen, name redacted), who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh".

Ford's husband told the Post that she used Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions and anxious he would be nominated to the Supreme Court.

However, if Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the Committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all the other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh.

A number of Republicans have said the vote on US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, should be paused while allegations of sexual assault are properly heard. There, according to the account, Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and groped her while attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothes she was wearing over it. She said she just wanted to send her allegation to her member of Congress and sit back.

The letter apparently has been in the custody of Judiciary Committee member Sen. There were four boys at the party, she said, but only two were in the room.

Mrs Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, detailed her allegations in the Washington Post at the weekend. "That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day", the letter states. She engaged Debra Katz, a Washington lawyer known for her work on sexual harassment cases. "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again".

Feinstein said Sunday that the FBI should investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh before the committee moves forward with his nomination.

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