Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of a decades-old sexual assault both indicated Monday they would be willing to testify to a Senate panel as the confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee shifted from seemingly painless to problematic.
In an article published Sunday, Ford told The Washington Post that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk", Ford alleges - corralled her in a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland.
"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday morning.
"There is no way for the American people to be assured through any Senate Judiciary process that [Kavanaugh] can be trusted in his denials of this extraordinarily credible claim by a woman who had nothing to gain, and everything to lose by bravely coming forward and telling her story", Hogue told reporters, "It is NARAL's position and the position of our members that Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination immediately".
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Christine Blasey Ford grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and attended Holton-Arms School, a private preparatory school in Bethesda for girls in third through 12th grade.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein listens to an aide during a markup hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 13, 2018, on Capitol Hill. "As a school that empowers women to use their voices, we are proud of this alumna for using hers", Jones said. In these cases, it is imperative that all voices are heard. Her husband, Russell Ford, recalled to the Post that she talked during their 2012 sessions about the incident and said she had mentioned Kavanaugh's last name and that he was a federal judge who might be on the Supreme Court eventually.
But Senator Jeff Flake, a committee member, told The Washington Post and Politico in interviews on Sunday that he is "not comfortable" voting for Mr Kavanaugh until he learns more about the allegation.
Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Senator Chuck Grassley, the panel's Republican chairman, was working to set up follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee's scheduled vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday, given the revelation of Ford's identity and "the late addendum to the background file". GOP Maine Sen. Susan Collins tweeted that she wanted Kavanaugh and Ford to both testify under oath to the committee, but when she was contacted Sunday by CNN she wouldn't say if the vote should be postponed. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said. What's supposed to happen is that an update to a nominee's background will be discussed in private phone calls between each party and the committee. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the newspaper, adding, "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".
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Katz described Ford's recollection of the incident in stark terms, going as far as saying her client considered it an attempted rape. Mark Judge called Ford "absolutely nuts".
The accuser said the now-Supreme Court nominee "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". It shouldn't certainly be very much. "It was something that she struggled with mightily".
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was open to hearing from Ford, while resisting calls to delay the vote.
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