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

Brett Kavanaugh: Republican senators call for vote delay

Brett Kavanaugh: Republican senators call for vote delay

Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.

Christine Blasey Ford, 51, said that in the early 1980s when she and Brett Kavanaugh were both at high school they attended a house party in Maryland, where she claims that the future judge pinned her down on a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes.

"I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation", Feinstein's statement said. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

The two, as well as several other friends, began drinking, although she said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, had started earlier than the group.

On Sunday, the White House sent the Post a statement Kavanaugh issued last week, when the outlines of Ford's account first became public: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". Dianne Feinstein (D. -Calif.) that Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her while drunk at a party while they were in high school.

Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Senator Chuck Grassley, the panel's Republican chairman, was working to set up follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee's scheduled vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday, given the revelation of Ford's identity and "the late addendum to the background file".

The Senate judiciary committee is due to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Thursday, paving the way for a full Senate vote later in the month which would require a simple majority to secure his place on the supreme court bench. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state.

The Washington Post reports that Ford has already submitted to a polygraph and passed.

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She told the Post: "Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation". "Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?" she said.

"No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though". Kavanaugh would be replacing retired Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.

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

Ford had previously described the account during a couples therapy session with her husband in 2012 and during an individual therapy session in 2013, according to the Post.

"She is. She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth", lawyer Debra Katz said on NBC's "Today" show when asked if her client would speak publicly about President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

A registered Democrat, Ford contacted her representative in Congress, Democrat Ann Eshoo, around the same time.

"In weighing her privacy and the consequences to herself and her family, she has demonstrated her willingness to risk these factors to present the truth", Eshoo said. Mr Judge denied that the incident happened.

That call has been echoed by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who sits in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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