Accuser of nominee Brett Kavanaugh goes public

18 September, 2018, 14:36 | Author: Carlos George
  • Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

California professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward Sunday as the woman who wrote an anonymous letter outlining her alleged assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh-and women are thanking her for her bravery.

Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, told the Post on Sunday that Ford "must be heard" and urged the panel not to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until it can hear from her. 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. "This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway said in an interview with Fox News. He told the New York Times that Kavanaugh was a "brilliant student" who loved sports and was not "into anything insane or illegal".

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

After so many years, Ford said she does not remember some key details of the incident.

But her story leaked as it was reported Feinstein had the letter and was refusing to share it with her Democratic colleagues.

ABC News has not confirmed details of the letter's contents or seen the letter.

Stressing that Kavanaugh had already testified and undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, Conway said: "I think you have to weigh this testimonial evidence from Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh along with the considerable body of evidence that is already there about the judge's temperament and qualifications and character".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, which have roiled his confirmation process.

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

During the judge's hearing, Sen.

Ford said she believes the incident is responsible for her anxiety and the post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Hill said in a statement to Politico, "The reluctance of someone to come forward demonstrates that even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power".

Unfortunately, this will probably be the same result for Kavanaugh. Perhaps that will force an end to such tactics, or at least some discussion over the ethics of airing unsubstantiated allegations of conduct as minors about people who have long records of public service as adults. Sixty-five women who knew him then and subsequently have issued a letter saying he has "always treated women with decency and respect".

In a day of fast-moving developments, all 10 Democratic members of Senate Judiciary Committee overseeing the confirmation process sent a letter calling for Thursday's planned vote to be delayed so the FBI can investigate the allegation.

Hill, who also initially did not want to come forward publicly, had her confidential statement to the committee made public in 1991 just before a final confirmation vote for Thomas on the Senate floor.

As to whether Republicans knew about the allegation in advance and had the letter from the 65 Kavanaugh high school contemporaries "in the can", Grassley's office said no.

In the article, she is described as a registered Democrat, and has made what were reported as small contributions to political organizations. It was originally sent to Rep. Anna Eshoo, who represents California's 14th district, according to several media reports. Feinstein has give the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Both Democratic and Republican senators questioned Feinstein's handling of the allegation.

"Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background file, as per the standard process".

"If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay", Trump told reporters Monday.

The classmate said of the allegation, 'I have no recollection of that'. The test determined that Ford was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations, according to the Post. The White House countered that Feinstein was waging an "11th hour attempt to delay [Kavanaugh's] confirmation". Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen.

"Judge Kavanaugh's credibility has already been seriously questioned because of his answers regarding Manny Miranda, Judge Pryor, and other issues during his time in the Bush White House, and now his credibility is even more suspect", Schumer said.

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