WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor, identified herself as the woman who wrote the confidential letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein says that the vote on Kavanaugh should be delayed until an investigation by the FBI can be conducted.
The White House has supported Kavanaugh’s denial of the claims.
Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward as the woman who wrote the confidential letter to members of Congress accusing Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault. Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, said that Kavanaugh held her down and groped her. The incident, which she describes as a “rape attempt”, happened sometime around 1982, when they were both high school students.
Allegedly, during a gathering outside Washington in suburban Maryland, a drunken Kavanaugh attempted to remove her clothing while another teenager watched. Ford said Kavanaugh covered her mouth to keep her silent when she tried to scream. She said she managed to escape when a third teenager entered and jumped on top of the two of them.
Ford said that she wanted to remain anonymous. However, when details of the letter began to leak, she identified herself publicly. Ford said that she wanted to be the one to tell her story.
“I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years,” Ford said of the assault.
Kavanaugh denied the allegation in a statement last week.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,”Trump’s nominee said. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Thursday, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), confirmed the existence of the letter. Feinstein said she referred the matter to the FBI.
Feinstein believes that the FBI needs to conduct a review into the matter.
She said in a statement Sunday, “This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee.”
Sunday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with several other Democratic lawmakers agreed with Feinstein’s suggestion to delay the vote on Kavanaugh.
The spokeswoman for Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Taylor Foy, said that if committee Democrats “took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full committee’s attention much earlier.”
Foy also called for Feinstein to release the letter from Ford.
Following the allegations against Kavanaugh, the White House reiterated its support for the Supreme Court nominee.
Raj Shah, White House principal deputy press secretary said, “We are standing with Judge Kavanaugh’s denial.”
Source: Huff Post