Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh accuser, details sexual assault allegation

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Ford said she was able to escape Kavanaugh and his friend, whom she identified as Mark Judge.

Kavanaugh, from the moment Trump announced his nomination, has stressed he has supported and promoted women.

For example, she can't remember or remains uncertain about many key details (including the year of the alleged incident); she told nobody contemporaneously (unlike many other alleged victims of sexual assault); and both Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend deny it. Kavanaugh was born in 1965, so he would have been a teenager at the time.

Kavanaugh denied the allegations.

In her first public comments on the incident, which came to light last week after Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein referred a "letter" describing a sexual assault to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she described what happened when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.

Responding to the latest developments in the Kavanaugh nomination, a spokesman for the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, said, "It's disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote". As her private outreach to California Democratic Sen.

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Even after Feinstein sent the allegation to the FBI, Senate Democrats weren't littering the news with calls to denounce Kavanaugh. He told Politico, "We need to hear from her". "I was very ill-equipped to forge those kinds of relationships".

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.

"It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now", the statement said.

The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment. But there's nothing leakier than a politician's office, and Senate Democrats plainly considered Hill as a mere tool to derail Thomas's confirmation without any concern about what would happen to her. Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska haven't said whether they'll vote to confirm Kavanaugh, nor have a handful of Democrats from states that backed Trump in 2016.

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.

While his friend allegedly watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back, groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and attempted to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. The notes also say four boys attacked her - but Ford insists this was the therapist's mistake. Kavanaugh also put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream, she said. However, Slate points out that Judge has written about his struggle with alcoholism, including black-out drunkenness, fictionalizing the name of the school he attended and referring to another individual who he names "Bart O'Kavanaugh", who partook in enough alcohol to vomit in someone else's vehicle and pass out. Judge stood across the room, she said, and both boys were laughing "maniacally". Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.

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Ford had contacted the Post through a tip line in early July after it had become clear that Kavanaugh was on Trump's shortlist to fill a vacancy but before the Republican president nominated him.

A registered Democrat, Ford contacted her representative in Congress, Democrat Ann Eshoo, around the same time.

In late July, she sent a letter to Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, her California congresswoman.

The statement also referenced the letter signed by 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school attesting to his character.

Dianne Feinstein wrote Sunday.

Ford said that she had been reluctant to identify herself publicly for fear that it would disrupt her life, but she made a decision to as her letter and the story leaked.

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