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Woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward

Woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward

When asked about Democrats' request for the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh before the hearing takes place - and whether that could be a deciding factor for Ford to testify, Cornyn said: "She is not really in a position to make conditions, in my view". The allegations, which Kavanaugh vehemently denies, refer to when he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, in the 1980s.

A spokesman for Grassley said Kavanaugh already went through several days of hearings and has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, was trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Sen.

A vote by the Senate on whether to confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court has yet to be scheduled.

Republicans had also displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway told Fox News.

As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said Sen.

Grassley says "anyone who comes forward" as Ford has done "deserves to be heard".

Republicans, however, showed no signs of budging. Democrats are calling for the FBI to investigate. Their timing and nature "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".

Ford said she made a decision to come forward and tell her story after a bare-bones version of the events became public without her name and consent, prompting a denial from Kavanaugh and throwing his nomination into turmoil.

A vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled for this week, but Democrats on the committee called for the delay shortly after The Washington Post published a story naming the woman who says that Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when they were both teenagers.

Flake did not say to the Post what form the communication with Ford should take or how he plans to vote.

She said a Kavanaugh and a friend cornered her in a bedroom where Kavanaugh threw her down on a bed and tried to remove her clothes. She told the paper she ran to a bathroom and locked herself inside before fleeing the house.

For her part, speaking only hours before Ford suggested she wouldn't attend the hearing, Feinstein acknowledged Ford's participation would be critical. Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. It added the letter to Kavanaugh's file but has not opened a criminal investigation. Collins now. Let her know you care about protections under the Affordable Care Act and urge her to vote against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Anita Hill testified before a US Senate panel in 1991, saying that Thomas repeatedly pressured her to go out, told her "graphically of his own sexual prowess", and that his attempts to discuss sex or pornographic movies left her "extremely uncomfortable".

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.

Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats.

"She clearly has nothing to gain and much to lose by going public with her story", said Jim Gensheimer, a friend of Ford's.

On the advice of civil rights lawyer Debra Katz, who specializes in sexual harassment cases, she even took a polygraph test, which reportedly demonstrated that her allegations were accurate.

CNN was not provided a copy of the letter sent to Feinstein, but a source who had the letter read the contents of a redacted version to CNN, in which the accuser who detailed her allegations to Feinstein wrote she had "received medical treatment regarding the assault" and said she expected it to remain confidential as she felt compelled to say something. Kavanaugh would have been 17 at the end of his junior year at Georgetown Prep.

Kavanaugh "categorically and unequivocally" denied the accusation in a statement. Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter. In an interview Friday with The Weekly Standard, he denied any such incident occurred.

In addition, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have released a letter of support from 65 women who knew the 53-year-old federal appeals court judge during his high school years at Georgetown Prep, an all-boys Jesuit school in Bethesda, Maryland.

MARTIN: I guess we should have you start by describing the incident as Brett Kavanaugh's accuser describes it.

In the interview, Ford says she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy.

Ford told the Post she changed her mind about coming forward after watching portions of her story come out without her permission.

"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", Kavanaugh said. However, as we have seen over the past few days, they also come at a price for the victim.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", she told the Washington Post.


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