Democrats Calls To Delay Kavanaugh Vote After His Accuser Goes Public
Sep 17, 2018, 00:46
She says Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it.
She also said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream for help.
In the piece, Ford described her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh back when they both were still in high school, in which she now accuses Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed in 1982 and attempting to force himself on her. "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", he said in a statement.
Ford said she told no one about the episode until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received was not shared with fellow lawmakers earlier in Kavanaugh's nomination process.
Ford described to the Post her concern her identity would be revealed anyway as the story snow balled.
Ford's account has also been detailed in a confidential letter that Sen. Ford's husband, Russell Ford, says he remembers hearing Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions.
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. Feinstein issued a Sunday statement calling for just that.
Pressure on Republicans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation mounted, but it is unclear whether Ford's decision to go public would hold up a Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
Before details of the allegation surfaced on Friday, Senate Republicans pointed out that an extensive background check was already completed by the White House and reviewed by the committee.
According to CNN.com, "Kavanaugh physically pushed her into a bedroom, the accuser said. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day", they said.
On Friday, Feinstein's office defended the senator's decision to send the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the face of criticism that she did not come forward with the allegations sooner.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday the FBI should investigate Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh and that the probe should occur before the Senate proceeds with the judge's confirmation.
She contacted the newspaper through a tip line in early July, when iKavanaugh was on President Donald Trump's shortlist of potential nominees to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Both Democratic and Republican senators questioned her handling of the allegation. Then Judge jumped on them again, toppling them, and she broke away, she said.
According to the Post, Ms. Ford is a registered Democrat who had "made small contributions to political organizations".
Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in another letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect".
"Even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power", she said.
Ford said that she had been reluctant to identify herself publicly for fear that it would disrupt her life, but she chose to as her letter and the story leaked.
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