Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser comes forward

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McConnell has said he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court's new term. The test determined that Ford was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations, according to the Post.

'She believes if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped, ' Katz added. Kavanaugh said in a statement that he "unequivocally" denies the allegation. "Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement". She should not be ignored.

In a bombshell interview in The Washington Post on Sunday, Ford detailed an alleged attack on her committed by Kavanaugh when the two were high school students in suburban Maryland.

Ford told the Post that she chose to reach out to the newspaper after her private approach to Sen. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford, now 51, told the Post. Despite Ford's concerns about her identity being protected, Feinstein should have been proactive. "She was quite reluctant to come forward".

The White House and other Kavanaugh supporters had dismissed the allegation of sexual misconduct when it was initially conveyed in a private letter.

Ford first contacted the Post in early July, the newspaper reported, when it became clear that Kavanaugh was on U.S. President Donald Trump's shortlist to replace Justice Kennedy.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.

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Kavanaugh has denied the allegations leveled against him by Ford.

A third supporter of Kavanaugh pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating".

A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP. Sheldon Whitehouse called for "a pause, at a minimum", on Kavanaugh's nomination and time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation "to take proper witness statements".

A potential "no" vote from Flake would complicate the judge's prospects.

However, neither Ford nor Katz have heard from any lawmakers. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wouldn't say if the vote should be postponed.

Senator Kamala Harris of California was among a handful of Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee to call for a delay, describing Ford's story as "a credible and serious allegation". Dianne Feinstein, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford, who after months of soul-searching made a decision to go public. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid". She said she managed to escape after the friend, Mark Judge, jumped on them, sending them tumbling and giving her an opportunity to get out of the room.

Some Republicans on the committee have said Ford should have a chance to tell her story, a view also expressed on Monday by White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway. "Anonymous allegations are not going to change the chairman's plans for a vote on Thursday", a top committee Republican aide tells Cindy Smith. Even if Republicans lose control of the Senate in the midterm elections, they likely would be able to vote on a second nominee before the new Congress is seated in January.

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Trump allies and Republicans professing doubt about Ford's story should want this to happen.

Grassley could invite Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday. He also linked to testimonials about Kavanaugh's "impeccable character" and respect for women.

Republicans had not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.

Not all Democrats have called for a delay of Kavanaugh's confirmation vote. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Democrats on the panel came forward with the allegation from the unnamed accuser last week, but Ms Ford identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.

Mr Kavanaugh's nomination has sharply divided an already closely split Senate, with most Democrats opposing him and most Republicans supporting him.

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Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also called for the vote to be postponed. The bureau added it to Kavanaugh's background investigation file but is not pursuing a criminal investigation.