10:18, September 17 366 0 abajournal.com

2018-09-17 10:18:07
Woman who claims Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her reveals identity

A research psychologist at Stanford University, who claims U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her when they were teenagers in the early 1980s, went public over the weekend.

Christine Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh cornered her in a bedroom during a party, pinned her to a bed, attempted to pull off a swimsuit she was wearing, groped her and grinded on top of her, while holding his hand over her mouth, she told the Washington Post. Ford claims a friend of Kavanaugh’s, Mark Judge, watched, and both of them were “stumbling drunk.”

This occurred in 1982, according to the article, and Ford spoke about the incident with her therapist in 2012.

The White House sent the Post a statement Kavanaugh released last week. “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” the statement reads.

Judge declined to comment to the Post. On Friday, he told the Weekly Standard that the alleged incident didn’t occur. According to the Post Judge wrote Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, which describes a culture of partying among classmates at his high school. The book describes Judge’s recovery and includes a character named “Bart O’Kavanaugh.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled vote for Thursday on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, released a letter on Friday signed by 65 women who say that they knew Kavanaugh when he attended Georgetown Prep, an all-boys high school in Maryland, and claim that he always treated women with decency and respect.”

On July 30, Ford sent a letter about the allegation to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., CNN reports. According to Ford, Kavanaugh and his friend, whose name was redacted from the writing, locked the bedroom door at the party played loud music, “precluding any successful attempt to yell for help.”

“They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh’s hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me,” wrote Ford. The friend jumped on top of Kavanaugh, they started tussling with each other, and Ford was able to escape, she wrote.

News of the letter began circulating last week, and Ford revealed her identity over the weekend, telling the Post that if her story was being told, she wanted to tell it. According to the article, she contacted the Post anonymously through a tip line in July and initially did not want her identity revealed. The article reports that reporters from other organizations figured out her identity, and were contacting her and her colleagues.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz, and a member of the judiciary committee, told Politico that he needs to hear more about the allegations before voting on Kavanaugh. Debra Katz, Ford’s attorney, told CNN on Monday that her client was willing to testify before Congress.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and who also sits on the judiciary committee, tweeted Sundayt that if Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh.”

In a New York Times opinion piece published Monday, former federal clerk and assistant U.S. attorney David Lat urged delaying Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote so Ford’s claims can be investigated and her testimony heard.

“It is quite possible—or even likely—that hearings won’t prevent Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed given the equivocal evidence against him and, perhaps even more important, the number of Republicans and red-state Democrats in the Senate. But due process, which ought to matter when it comes to filling the critical seat on the highest court in the land, calls for nothing less,” wrote Lat, who founded the website Above the Law.