Christine Blasey Ford: Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

The Post reports that while her husband recalls Ford mentioning Kavanaugh's name in therapy, notes from her therapist that were reviewed by the newspaper do not mention his name.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Christine Blasey Ford said that as a high school student in suburban Maryland decades earlier, a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothing.

"Katz said Ford originally had "a great deal of ambivalence" about coming forward and had chose to keep her allegations confidential, but "that decision was essentially taken away from her as those allegations were leaked" and members of the press began approaching her. Katz said Ford stood by her story, and that now she had come forward, they expected serious opposition".

Ford did not initially want to reveal her identity in connection with the allegation and only came forward in a Washington Post story published Sunday after it was clear her identity would be leaked.

Katz says told ABC's "Good Morning America" the accuser is "willing to cooperate" with investigators and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this week and at least one Republican panel member said he was willing to hear from the woman, but that the confirmation process must not be derailed. In late July, Ford sent a letter through Eshoo's office to Feinstein.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", she said. "With Kavanaugh's hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me".

However, top Democrats are demanding the vote be postponed following the assault allegations.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters at the White House on Monday that the president believes Kavanaugh's accuser "should not be ignored or insulted".

Senator Feinstein said she notified federal investigators about the letter, and the FBI confirmed it has included the information in the letter in Mr Kavanaugh's background file, which all senators can read.

"I support the victim's decision to share her story and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation". She reportedly managed to escape when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of both of them.

Ford said she never told anyone about the attack until 2012, when she was in couple's therapy with her husband.

The Republican majority, however, has raised questions about the timing of Ford's claims.

The White House on Friday released a statement from Kavanaugh in which the nominee said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

Another Republican Senator, Lisa Murkowski, said the committee "might have to consider" delaying the vote, CNN's Jim Sciutto wrote on Twitter, citing an interview with the network.

"I am grateful to her for weighing these equities and choosing to speak out on one of the most consequential decisions in our country, an appointment to the highest Court in the land", she continued. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".

'She's not taking a position on this. The WaPo article describes her as teaching in a consortium with Stanford University. According to Ford's account, an intoxicated Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, allegedly pushed Ford into a bedroom at a party, where Kavanaugh "held her down with the weight of his body and fumbled with her clothes" while both boys laughed "maniacally". However, as we have seen over the past few days, they also come at a price for the victim.



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