Kavanaugh denies allegation about high school misconduct

Kavanaugh denies allegation about high school misconduct

Kavanaugh denies allegation about high school misconduct

Ford said to The Washington Post, "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".

She added: "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

According to the Post's account, Ford described how Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk" - corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery county, Maryland. She says that he pinned her to the bed and groped her while trying to take her clothes off, and when she tried to yell he put a hand over her mouth.

At one point, she said, [Kavanaugh's friend Mike] Judge jumped on top of them, and she tried unsuccessfully to wriggle free.

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

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he won't let Kavanaugh's confirmation be stalled by the allegation, which he called "wholly unverifiable". The New York Times reported Thursday that the letter was regarding "possible sexual misconduct" from when Kavanaugh was in high school.

In a statement shared by the White House, Kavanaugh last week said that "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

The White House's response to the allegation raises the cultural stakes of the fight.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court's new term. Most lawmakers have yet to read the letter Feinstein sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Senate aides and lawmakers were privately weighing the implications of Ford's interview.

"Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators-including with Senator Feinstein-sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session". President Donald Trump nominated him in July to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Feinstein called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". "Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?" she said.

Feinstein called a meeting on Wednesday at which she disclosed the contents of the letter to committee Democrats, but did not show the letter itself, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

As it stands now, this is simply an attempt to smear a man who had an impeccable reputation in high school.

Ronan Farrow, who co-authored The New Yorker article, told CNN that some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee "feel that there was a missed opportunity to fully interrogate this allegation". "I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was", said the 85-year-old jurist. Eshoo passed it to Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee that is weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh has denied all accusations.

The magazine says the woman sent a letter about the allegation to Democrats.

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