Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Speaks Out

Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Speaks Out

U.S. Senate consideration of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to become a Supreme Court justice should be put on hold until the FBI conducts an investigation into a California woman's allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump's nominee.

"Well, I obviously was very surprised and it's an issue that I brought up with him last Friday and he denied as he did in his written statement", she said, adding that is all she really had to say at this point.

"I think you look to judges to be the arbiters of right and wrong", he said.

Ford said she chose to come forward and tell her story after a bare-bones version of the events became public without her name and consent, prompting a denial from Kavanaugh and throwing his nomination into turmoil.

In late July, Ford sent a letter through Democrat Ann Eshoo's office to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, about the reported attack.

Ford said she told no one of the incident in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband.

The New Yorker magazine reported that the alleged incident took place at a party when Kavanaugh, now 53, was attending Georgetown Preparatory School.

The woman who claims Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers was identified Sunday by the Washington Post.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein.

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His comments came just after a woman, who claimed to be Kavanaugh's former high school classmate, accused him of sexual misconduct that had occurred decades before his nomination.

The Washington Post reports that Ford has already submitted to a polygraph and passed. "Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a almost two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn't share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions".

"It's disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote", Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans said in a statement Sunday.

In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) published a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and vouched for his good character.

In considering their options, Republicans largely settled on the view that Ms Ford's story alone was not enough to delay Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"We also must respect and listen to Dr. Ford, who is now a target of personal attacks because she had the courage to come forward", the Illinois Democrat said in a statement. "Senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter she received back in July so that everyone can know what she's known for weeks". She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house. She said she managed to escape after the friend, Mark Judge, jumped on them, sending them tumbling and giving her an opportunity to get out of the room. Feinstein said she notified federal investigators about the letter, and the FBI confirmed it has included the information in the letter in Kavanaugh's background file, which all senators can read. Frankly, that's what I would have expected them to say.

The woman, from a nearby high school, was allegedly at a party where the youths were drinking alcohol.

Ford said she does not remember how the gathering came together the night of the incident.

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