Brett Kavanaugh’s Accuser Willing to Testify, Lawyer Says

Adjust Comment Print

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school "should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill".

Ford told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh had "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers ... clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it".

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh denied the allegation.

Ford said she never discussed the incident with anyone until 2012, during a couple's therapy session with her husband, Russell Ford. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who received a letter sent by Ford on July 30.

"For too long, when woman (sic) have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored", the New York Democrat said.

"In weighing her privacy and the consequences to herself and her family, she has demonstrated her willingness to risk these factors to present the truth", Eshoo said. Grassley intends to press on as planned with Kavanaugh's confirmation vote later this week, but said that Ford's accusation "deserves to be heard" in an "appropriate" manner. Weinstein denies the allegations.

The letter as read to CNN said the woman had "not knowingly seen Kavanaugh since the assault", but had seen the other person once, and that he "was extremely uncomfortable seeing me". The panel's vote only serves as a recommendation and Kavanaugh's confirmation can still be brought to a vote in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority, even without the committee's approval. They also plan to question Ford's credibility and point out that she did not tell anyone about the incident when it first happened. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the incident occurred, so logically, both he and Ford can not both be telling the truth.

"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". The therapist's notes say that four boys attacked her, but Ford says that the therapist was mistaken: four boys were at the party, just two were in the room. "He has been widely supported by those who have dealt with him, his classmates, his colleagues, his clerks, lawyers, legal scholars", Blunt said.

Tom Arnold, Mark Burnett Get Into Pre-Emmy Scuffle
According to Arnold , Burnett, who produced the Apprentice , allegedly has tapes of Mr. Both Burnett and Arnold were allowed into the party after the situation calmed down.

'There's nothing to say, ' she said, she told BuzzFeed.

"My client will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the Senate Judiciary Committee has the full story and a full set of allegations to allow them to make a full informed decision", Katz said.

Fellow Republican panel member Jeff Flake has urged the committee to delay its vote until it hears from Ms Ford while another committee Republican, Lindsey Graham, welcomed hearing from Ms Ford but said it should "be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".

While Democrats demanded a delay in a scheduled Thursday vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination to allow the FBI to investigate, Senate Republicans struggled with how to proceed.

"She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped", Katz told NBC's "Today."

In a press call Monday afternoon, leaders from several progressive organizations said the allegation against Kavanaugh should force his withdrawal.

McConnell has said he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court's new term. "This isn't how things should be done and is in complete violation of how this committee has worked in the past", Democrats on the committee said in a statement.

Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media, and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas.