Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Accuser of U.S. high-court nominee Kavanaugh goes public

Accuser of U.S. high-court nominee Kavanaugh goes public

When she screamed, Ford recalled, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth.

"Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stair well from the living room", she writes.

Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, had alleged in a letter sent to Sen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its hearings on Kavanaugh and planned to vote this week on his nomination by President Donald Trump to the highest court.

Another senator has come forward and called for the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court to be delayed until after his accuser speaks with members of the Judiciary Committee.

The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Sunday.

But the allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly coming amid the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, coupled with Ms Ford's emergence could complicate matters.

"Senator Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated", Schumer's statement reads.

Republicans gave no indication on Sunday that they would do so.

Sen. Lindsey Graham also expressed "concerns" about the timing of the allegations on Sunday, but welcomed Ford to offer the committee any information she has "immediately so the process can continue as scheduled". Watching is wife Ashley, with daughters Margaret, second from left, and Eliza.

Feinstein revealed the existence of the letter late last week. Her revelation of the letter has been questioned by both Democratic and Republican senators alike.

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The support of only two Republicans - Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - was thought to be in question. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman.

She alleged that Mr Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" at the time.

A number of Judiciary Committee members urged holding off on a vote in light of Ford's testimony - including Republican Jeff Flake, a vocal critic of Trump, who told the Post that she "must be heard" first.

Ford's husband Russell Ford told the Post he remembered his wife, in 2012, recalling being trapped in a room with two boys, and that one of them "molested her and prevented her from screaming", in the Post's words, a description that matches the reported details of the anonymous letter obtained by congressional Democrats.

The Post said Ford also had contacted the paper through a tip line in early June when it had become clear that Kavanaugh was on the short list for the Supreme Court nomination. The pressure to vote against Kavanaugh from female voters, who are already highly mobilized against Trump, might ramp up.

But Doug Jones of Alabama says there's time for lawmakers to investigate.

Mr Kavanaugh has strenuously denied her accusations.

She also reached out to her U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-California 18th District), and via the congresswoman, sent a letter to Sen. "Senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter she received back in July so that everyone can know what she's known for weeks".

Feinstein said the FBI should investigate now that Ford has spoken to the newspaper. The story was corroborated by both the therapist and Ford's husband.

Ford told the Post that she made the decision to come forward publicly after watching her story be made public without her permission.

"I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", Ford said, adding that she faced social and academic struggles and had trouble having healthy relationships with men.

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