Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh yesterday (Sept. 14) denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from a Peninsula woman, seeking to avoid a threat to his confirmation as new details emerged and several senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".
A report published Friday in the New Yorker revealed that the woman, who did not want to be named, said in a letter that Kavanaugh "attempted to force himself on her" at a party when they were teenagers.
"From the outset, I have believed these allegations were extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh's character", Feinstein said. He was echoing Democratic senators' contentions that Kavanaugh was not truthful at times while under oath before the Judiciary Committee.
Last week, Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations. Equally awful was the recent op-ed from a White House insider underscoring President Donald Trump's incompetence. Feinstein has give the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "You're not going to be able to really test it, unless somebody comes forward with more information". Ford chose to reveal her identity after news of her letter to Feinstein leaked. Mr Kavanaugh and his friend were both drunk, she says. She decided not to go public when it seemed that speaking out about Kavanaugh, whom President Donald Trump nominated on July 9, could ruin her life and not affect whether he was confirmed. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". Feinstein says she didn't mention it sooner out of concern for the accuser's privacy and because the events were too far in the past.Under pressure from colleagues, however, she turned it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"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".
As to whether Republicans knew about the allegation in advance and had the letter from the 65 Kavanaugh high school contemporaries "in the can", Grassley's office said no.
"I'm fairly confident that our Founding Fathers did not intend the process to work this way", he said. There would simply not be time for Trump to pick another nominee, and the Judiciary Committee to vet that person and hold another week-long confirmation hearing before any floor vote to confirm the replacement pick before Election Day.
The previously unidentified woman who alleged in a confidential letter sent to Sen.
Feinstein called a meeting on Wednesday at which she disclosed the contents of the letter to committee Democrats, but did not show the letter itself, according to a source familiar with the discussions.