Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

Republicans pressing ahead with Kavanaugh nomination despite allegation

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Democratic senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the Post.

She said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. Judge denied the allegations in an interview with The Weekly Standard, a conservative publication, after The New Yorker detailed them on Friday.

Further, none of this showed up on any background check done by federal law enforcement during his employment at the White House.

Ford is speaking publicly about her allegations against Kavanaugh for the first time, according to a Washington Post investigation published Sunday afternoon. He was echoing Democratic senators' contentions that Kavanaugh was not truthful at times while under oath before the Judiciary Committee.

Some Democrats had privately pressed Feinstein about it as rumors about its existence began to circulate. Eshoo passed it to Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee that is weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.

"There's no plan to change the committee's consideration of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", Hartmann said in a statement. "I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities", Feinstein said in a statement Thursday.

"It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives", said Taylor Foy, the spokesman. Ford made a decision to reveal her identity after news of her letter to Feinstein leaked. Many say Collins, a Republican, could be a deciding vote. "Along with another male, Kavanaugh locked the door from the inside and played loud music that the accuser said precluded successful attempts to yell for help".

Kavanaugh's nomination by President Donald Trump has divided the Senate, with most Democrats opposing him and most Republicans supporting him.

Ford's decision to come forward throws Kavanaugh's confirmation into question. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS and Deb Fischer of Nebraska.

After the Post's article went up, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement again questioning the timing of the accusations and why Sen.

Ford, a research psychologist in northern California, said Kavanaugh and a friend were both "stumbling drunk" when they pushed her into a bedroom during the alcohol-fueled party in suburban Maryland. Ford said the discrepancy was the therapist's error, as there were four boys at the party, but only two in the room when she was allegedly assaulted. Ford says that she even tried to scream for help during the ordeal, but Kavanaugh quickly covered her mouth with his hand. Ford's husband, Russell Ford, says he remembers hearing Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions. At some point in the night, Ford told the Post, she got up to use the bathroom. The woman making the allegation attended a nearby school.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, under Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), on Friday released a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and said that he "always treated women with decency and respect".

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