Brett Kavanaugh accuser speaks out about sexual assault allegations

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'I thought he might inadvertently kill me, ' said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California, to The Washington Post.

Watching Kavanaugh move toward a likely confirmation, she made a decision to end her effort to come forward, according to the New Yorker. The White House on Sunday did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Some Republicans last week responded to reports with some of the same details Ford shared with the Post by noting Kavanaugh has denied any such incident ever occurred. He was echoing Democratic senators' contentions that Kavanaugh was not truthful at times while under oath before the Judiciary Committee. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on his nomination this week, as top Republicans look to advance it to the Senate floor.

A spokesman for Sen.

Waters told Reid, "If I had any criticism at all for Dianne Feinstein, it was because she apologized to Kavanaugh for protesters who came to that hearing to let people know that they were very concerned about this nominee..." He said the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

"It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way". Most lawmakers have yet to read the letter Feinstein sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Senate aides and lawmakers were privately weighing the implications of Ford's interview.

"No way, not even a hint of it", the unnamed lawyer said, asked if Kavanaugh's nomination would be withdrawn. 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.

But the allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly coming amid the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, coupled with Ford's emergence could complicate matters, especially as key Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S.

The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, agreed to go public with her story to The Washington Post, after calling the publication's tip line earlier this summer.

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According to the Post Ms. Ford first detailed the incident in 2012, "when she was in couples therapy with her husband".

From Kavanaugh: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement issued by the White House. Kavanaugh, who attended an all-boys school, would have been 17. Kavanaugh's and Judge's denials have left them no credible wiggle room.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018. The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist's part.

In the interview, Ford said that the lasting trauma from the attack had "derailed me substantially for four or five years", and had caused anxiety for years after that.

Eshoo's staff declined to comment on the letter, saying they did not discuss constituent casework.

The magazine says the woman sent a letter about the allegation to Democrats.

I fully support Chief Justice Roberts' call for "a careful evaluation of whether [the federal judiciary's] standards of conduct and its procedures for investigating and correcting inappropriate behavior are adequate to ensure an exemplary workplace for every judge and every court employee".

Sources told NPR that the California senator felt pressure to put something out publicly after a report indicated she had not briefed fellow members of the panel on a document.