Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser: What We Know About Christine Blasey Ford

Brett Kavanaugh's Accuser: What We Know About Christine Blasey Ford

Kavanaugh and Judge locked the door and cranked up the music to keep anyone from hearing Ford yell for help, she recalls, and then Kavanaugh climbed on top of her on a bed, pinned her down and clumsily tried to pull off her clothes. Trump said he did not meet with his nominee and declined to say whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, dismissing the question as "ridiculous".

Debra S. Katz, the attorney for the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, said her client considered the incident to be an attempted rape.

Asked how he'd be able to make a decision in a he-said, she-said situation: "I don't know how you can ever be sure but it's the best process we have". The FBI has I think gone through a process six times with him over the years where he went to higher and higher positions. Judge Kavanaugh's credibility has already been seriously questioned.

Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY were among a number of Democrats who demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary vote to hear from Ford, including all 10 Democrats on the committee. She said that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she screamed, and only stopped when another teenager broke up the encounter. One thing I will say is that as I understand it, Judge Kavanaugh spent quite a bit of time with Senator Feinstein and it wasn't even brought up at that meeting and she had this information.

At the time, Ford was a student at the prestigious Holton-Arms school for girls in suburban Washington; Kavanaugh was at the equally well-regarded Georgetown Prep private school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. It said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had forwarded to the White House a letter, evidently from Ford, describing alleged misconduct in the 1980s by Kavanaugh. "I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner, because they've had this information for many months". The Senate Judiciary Committee has a vote on Kavanaugh's appointment scheduled for Thursday.

On Sunday the woman, 51-year-old Christine Blasey Ford, went public in an interview with the Washington Post with details about what she said was an incident involving Kavanaugh during their high school years.


In a day of fast-moving developments, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee overseeing the confirmation process sent a letter urging a delay in Thursday's planned vote so the FBI can investigate the allegation.

The president made the comments on the afternoon of September 17, after both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, agreed to speak with lawmakers.

He also said he hadn't spoken with Kavanaugh since the accusation became public.

"If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled", Graham said. Though she quietly made the allegations known earlier in the summer, she didn't publicly attach her name to the accusations until Sunday, when she spoke to the Washington Post.

Thomas won confirmation by a vote of 52 to 48, with 11 Democrats supporting him in a Senate they controlled. Ford donated $72 dollars to Democratic groups in a four-year period. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told the newspaper. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said: "Rather than outright dismissing this very serious allegation, or releasing a premeditated defense of the allegation via a letter from former classmates, Republicans should postpone the rush to vote on Kavanaugh this week and investigate these allegations in a bipartisan manner". Feinstein didn't disclose the letter until after the confirmation hearings.

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