Kavanaugh accuser speaks to newspaper on record

Woman Accusing Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Comes Forward

Kavanaugh accuser speaks to newspaper on record

Debra Katz, the attorney for the woman who has stepped forward as writing a letter alleging sexual misconduct by Judge Brett Kavanaugh when they were both high school students, says that Senate Republicans intend to "play hard ball" with her client as they prepare to move ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

In The Washington Post interview, Ford said that when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth.

According to the Post, Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University, training graduate students in clinical psychology.

Asked how Kavanaugh is doing since Ford went public with her story, a source close to Kavanaugh said the judge "remains steadfast in his denial and is determined not to let a single, unverified allegation overshadow his long judicial record and his lifetime of public service".

(Ford's story describes Kavanaugh and Judge as both being quite drunk the night of the incident.) We know far more details about the allegations, and they are bad, describing what certainly does sound like sexual assault and possibly attempted rape.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, said a staff call on the matter wasn't adequate.

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.

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. Hasn't she already said all she thinks she needs to say?

On the advice of Katz, Ford took a lie detector administered by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in early August.

Yesterday, she gave her on-the-record account for the first time to "The Washington Post".

At one point, she said, Judge jumped on top of them, and she tried unsuccessfully to wriggle free.

"No way, not even a hint of it", an unnamed Whose House lawyer told Politico, discussing the possibility that Trump would withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination. 'He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing'.

Dick Durbin of IL, the No 2 Democrat in the Senate, called on Saturday for the committee vote to be delayed, tweeting: "The American people deserve to know who Judge Kavanaugh is, but Republicans are trying to rush through this nomination while concealing critical parts of the nominee's record".

The White House indicated Monday that it is continuing to stand by Kavanaugh.

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

Democrats yesterday called for Kavanaugh's nomination to be halted until Ford's allegation can be investigated.

Part of the notes say that Ford told the therapist four boys were involved in the alleged attack, according to the Post, but Ford said this was written in error. Now he is being accused of sexual harassment by a former classmate he went to high school with in the early 1980s.

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.

A spokesperson for Senator Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman, said he was "actively working" to set up bipartisan calls to Mr Kavanaugh and his accuser, Mrs Ford, as a result of the allegations. The woman making the allegation attended a nearby school.

Feinstein said the FBI should investigate now that Ford has spoken to the newspaper. "In fact, she was quite reluctant to come forward".

Ford told the Post the other person watched while this transpired.

A separate report in the New York Times said people who described the letter told the publication that the woman "considered the incident an assault".

Latest News