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

Professor speaks out about 'sexual assault' by Trump Supreme Court pick

Professor speaks out about 'sexual assault' by Trump Supreme Court pick

But now that the previously anonymous woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, has made a decision to come forward, I believe that we need an investigation and Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into her claims - not just for Ford's sake, but for the sake of Judge Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court. Ford said that Kavanaugh covered her mouth his his hand when she attempted to scream.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Christine Blasey Ford, now a research psychologist and professor, told the Washington Post in an article published Sunday. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

But her story leaked as it was reported Feinstein had the letter and was refusing to share it with her Democratic colleagues. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have been seen as possibly voting "no", though neither has put out a statement regarding the assault accusations.

She says that Kavanaugh and a friend forced her into a secluded bedroom during a party in the early 1980s. Feinstein first sent a cryptic statement about the accusation last week before the New Yorker reported Friday on the lurid details of the charge. The agency declined to investigate but sent it to the White House, who passed it on to all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford was able to escape the assault when a classmate of Kavanaugh's, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them.

"Christine Blasey Ford courageously stepped forward to tell her story - it is a credible and serious allegation". She says both of them were falling down drunk at the time.

Her husband, Russell Ford, said she spoke of being trapped in a room with two drunken boys. Katz, who recommended Ford take the test, later provided the The Post with the results, which maintain that Ford told the truth when she affirmed the accuracy of her allegations against Kavanaugh.

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Ford's husband told the Post that she used Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions and anxious he would be nominated to the Supreme Court. 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.

That timetable would have Kavanaugh sitting on the Supreme Court - if he is confirmed - before Election Day on Nov 6, when one-third of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs. But even supposing that Hill was telling the truth-which I do not-the most you could say, as Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch commented, is that Thomas talked dirty to her.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53 and a federal appeals judge in Washington, on Sunday repeated an earlier denial of Ms Ford's allegation.

After Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, Ford wrote to her congresswoman, Anna G. Eshoo, which was then forwarded to Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein said Sunday that the FBI should investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh before the committee moves forward with his nomination.

A registered Democrat, Ford contacted her representative in Congress, Democrat Ann Eshoo, around the same time. Feinstein to name her, because of "concerns about what going public would mean for her and her family". And of course, the White House has responded by sending out letters from women who knew Kavanaugh in high school.

"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post.

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