Kavanaugh accuser comes forward

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

Last week, Kavanaugh, Republican president Donald Trump's second nominee for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement that anyone who comes forward as Ford does should be heard - but stopped short of suggesting testifying before the full committee. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the newspaper, adding, "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing". Moderates in both parties including pivotal Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Kavanaugh and Ford should be given the chance to testify before the committee, a move that could delay the confirmation process.

Ford said she was able to escape Kavanaugh and his friend, whom she identified as Mark Judge.

The Post said Ford originally contacted her representative in the House, California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, whose office sent her letter to Feinstein. But, feeling that the emotional turmoil would be too great and would have little effect on the nomination, Ford initially declined to go forward.

Katz denied that her client's letter was politically motivated.

But as the details began to leak, Ford found that her identity was being made public and her story was being called into question. The senator claims the allegations are "extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh's character".

Trump Monday accepted the possibility that a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination would be delayed. But some Republicans, not to mention Democrats, have expressed they want to hear from Ford first, and the Senate is out of session Wednesday for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

The alleged incident happened the summer before Ford's junior year at a small party, Ford's lawyer, Lisa Banks, said in an interview with Morning Edition's Rachel Martin.

Debra Katz, a Washington attorney representing Ford, told news shows Monday that the accuser, now a 51-year-old research psychologist at Palo Alto University in California, is willing to testify about her allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republicans could put Kavanaugh's classmates under oath and have them deny that anything inappropriate or criminal occurred that night, and it will not matter. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said. Therefore, if Conway is firmly on the side of Kavanaugh being trustworthy - a tough sell, given he has been repeatedly accused of perjuring himself in Senate hearings - it is hard to argue she's willing to really listen to Ford's side of the story. She says the woman considers Kavanaugh's actions "attempted rape". She also said she wants the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appears nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite calls by Democrats to postpone the vote.

"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Feinstein said in a statement. She recalls him being extremely intoxicated and pinning her down on a bed, grinding against her, attempting to take off her clothes, and covering her mouth so she couldn't scream. A Republican not on the committee, Sen.

Kavanaugh was seen Monday morning arriving at the White House, which has stood by the judge in the face of the accusations.

Fellow Republican panel member Jeff Flake has urged the committee to delay its vote until it hears from Ms Ford while another committee Republican, Lindsey Graham, welcomed hearing from Ms Ford but said it should "be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".

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