Woman comes forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Geraldine Edwards
September 17, 2018

She also claims Kavanaugh and a friend trapped her in a bedroom during the party, with the high court nominee pinning her on a bed while his friend watched and groping her over her one-piece bathing suit. They turned up the music, and Kavanaugh, who was drunk, held her down and tried to remove her clothes, she alleges.

Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh's classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them and sent them tumbling.

The 51-year-old Ford first voiced her concerns to California Democratic lawmakers, including Senate Judiciary ranking member Dianne Feinstein, who last week cryptically announced she had referred a letter containing information about Kavanaugh to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to a source cited by the New Yorker, Feinstein learned of the alleged incident in July and while her staff members mentioned it to other Democratic lawmakers, they did not share the letter with them. The uncertainty is due in part to the staleness of her claim and in part to the fact that it didn't surface until after Judge Kavanaugh had finished testifying.

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"The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to scrutinize SCOTUS nominees", Harris said.

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. Ford's husband told the paper he remembers her naming Kavanaugh as the aggressor in 2012. The FBI said last week that it was made aware of the allegation on September 12 and included the material "as part of Judge Kavanaugh's file, as per the standard process". Equally bad was the recent op-ed from a White House insider underscoring President Donald Trump's incompetence. The alleged misconduct occurred after Kavanaugh and the woman went into a room along with a friend of Kavanaugh's, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said.

After the Post's article went up, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement again questioning the timing of the accusations and why Sen. Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ― under pressure from the media and her fellow Democrats ― acknowledged receipt of a letter and said she had kept it confidential at the request of the author. Hassan said Collins will make her own decision.

Though it barely seemed possible, Democrats in Washington have hit a new low with their most-recent antics around Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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In late July, she sent a letter to Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, her California congresswoman.

During her appearance, Waters also called the ongoing allegations and the battle in the Senate over them a "most unfortunate situation".

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. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. However, her identity leaked, and reporters tried to question her.

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