Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid".

Now that Brett Kavanaugh's accuser has gone public with her story that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, the White House and Republicans have signaled that they plan to aggressively undercut her credibility, a strategy that some conservatives have already launched.

"Judge restated his denial on Sunday, after Ford came forward in a Washington Post interview".

The White House is prepared to go along with a confidential closed-door consideration of allegations but not public testimony, the official said.

"On Friday, Judge Kavanaugh 'categorically and unequivocally" denied this allegation.

Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican on the judiciary committee, has called for a delay of the vote, which puts the panel in a partisan deadlock.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the committee's top Democrat, said staff phone calls with Kavanaugh and his accuser are not sufficient.

A committee spokesman said late Sunday that its chairman, Sen.

A lawyer who's close to the White House told Politico the president is not considering withdrawing Kavanaugh's nomination. Watching is wife Ashley, with daughters Margaret, second from left, and Eliza. "The Democrats will throw her softballs, the Republicans will grill her and cross-examine her", Napolitano said.

Feinstein called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".

Republicans hold a slim 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee and a 51-49 majority in the Senate.

Mr Kavanaugh is strongly opposed by some Democrats for his views on issues such as abortion, and it seems unlikely any of them will cross the aisle to vote with their Republican colleagues. Neither senator is on the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote on a recommendation for the lifetime appointment.

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 therapist's notes, which were reviewed by the Washington Post, didn't mention Kavanaugh's name but did she say she was attacked by students "from an elitist boys' school" who went on to become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington". She escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on them and everyone tumbled, she says.

Ford said she told no one about the alleged attack until 2012, when she was in couples counseling with her husband. (In his favor, the boy who Ford claims was with him also now denies that it took place.) This is not the same as arguing that either something happened but that Kavanaugh recollects it as much less serious, or that there was such an episode, but that given Kavanaugh's tender years, it should not be disqualifying right now.

Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school.

She also told Feinstein she had "received medical treatment regarding the assault", but did not specify further in the letter.

He urged committee members to hear Christine Blasey Ford's side of the story first before holding a vote, despite not being one himself.

Her husband, Russell Ford, said she spoke of being trapped in a room with two drunken boys. In her letter, she said she wanted her allegation to be kept confidential, but she said she has made a decision to finally speak publicly amid heightened media scrutiny, diminishing privacy, and falsehoods about her story.

The key swing votes in the full Senate, like Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins, are under intense pressure.

"The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to scrutinize SCOTUS nominees", Harris said. I repeat my earlier statement that I have no recollection of any of the events described in today's Post article or attributed to her letter, " he said in a statement to The Weekly Standard. "She was quite reluctant to come forward".

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