Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from when he was in high school, seeking to defuse a potential threat to his confirmation as a handful of key senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him. She described that Kavanaugh and another classmate, who were drinking, turned up music to cover up her protests and she freed herself and left the scene.
"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983", wrote the women, who said a lot of them had attended all-girl high schools in the area. The therapist's notes, portions of which were provided by Ford and reviewed by The Washington Post, do not mention Kavanaugh's name but say she reported that she was attacked by students "from an elitist boys' school" who went on to become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington". Ford also contacted a Post tip line, but the interview marked the first time she had spoken publicly about the alleged incident. Dianne Feinstein since July, but it only recently surfaced.
The previously unidentified woman who alleged in a confidential letter sent to Sen. Judge stood across the room, she said, and both boys were laughing "maniacally". If approved by the committee and the whole Senate, as expected, Kavanaugh is likely to decidedly tilt the court to the conservatives for years to come. He said he has not seen the letter and plans to seek more information about the timing of its release. Democrats have argued throughout that the process has been rushed, with documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the George W Bush White House withheld from congressional scrutiny. Ford's husband told the paper he remembers her naming Kavanaugh as the aggressor in 2012. "Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced".
The White House had no additional comment.
According to an account in The New Yorker, the incident happened while Kavanaugh, now 53, attended the elite Georgetown Preparatory Catholic all-boys high school in suburban Washington.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday the FBI should investigate Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh and that the probe should occur before the Senate proceeds with the judge's confirmation.
But now Ford's decision to put her name behind the accusations - made after weeks of reluctance - will nearly certainly intensify the push by Democrats to delay Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation vote.
But Kavanaugh and Judge have kind of locked themselves into the defense that she's categorically lying. President Donald Trump nominated him in July to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California.
The Senate's female Republican senators, nearly all of whom McConnell and Trump must keep in the "yes" column, could decide whether the allegations are tested. At one point, she said, he put his hand over her mouth so she would be quiet.