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

Kavanaugh’s Accuser Has Now Come Forward

Kavanaugh’s Accuser Has Now Come Forward

The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault has gone public, detailing what happened to her in high school in the early 1980s in an exposé in the Washington Post.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault, but it seems the White House considers the accusation part of a larger battle for men. Progressives have mounted a furious bid ever since his nomination in July to derail him, but thus far, no Senate Republicans have indicated they will vote against his confirmation. Ford had shared her concern in a letter to a Democratic lawmaker and some basic details of the incident have been made public during Kavanaugh's nomination hearing, but said she felt she needed to tell her story. Both have come under great pressure from pro-choice campaigners who fear that Kavanaugh would attempt to overturn the Roe v Wade 1973 decision that legalised abortion.

On Sunday, Republican senator John Kennedy, of Louisiana, appeared on a Sunday talk show before the Post report was published.

Ford said she was able to escape Kavanaugh and his friend, whom she identified as Mark Judge.

Another unnamed "person working on the nomination" told the outlet that the nomination process will continue unless key Republicans - like Sens. The therapist confirmed to the Washington Post that Ford had told her about the incident, but did not reveal Kavanaugh's name. She says that both assailants were "stumbling drunk" at the time, and that Kavanaugh himself pinned her to the bed and tried to take off her clothes.

Because Trump's fellow Republicans control a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, Democrats can not stop Kavanaugh's appointment unless some Republicans make a rare decision to break with their party and vote against Trump.

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

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"From the outset", Feinstein said, "I have believed these allegations were extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh's character".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", says Ford, 51, and a professor at Palo Alto University in California.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, released a statement Sunday afternoon calling the allegations "uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago" and questioning the timing of the emergence of the letter.

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. Her Holton-Arms friends mostly hung out with boys from the Landon School, she said, but for a period of several months socialized regularly with students from Georgetown Prep. She doesn't remember whether Kavanaugh and Judge were behind her or already upstairs, but she remembers being pushed into a bedroom and then onto a bed.

However, if Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the Committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all the other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Democrats are now demanding a delay on the Kavanaugh vote in light of Ford's story.

Kavanaugh issued a statement last week on the matter saying, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". She added that she kept quiet about the alleged incident until she found herself in couple's therapy with her husband back in 2012.

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