Brett Kavanaugh's accuser comes out of the shadows

Clay Curtis
September 16, 2018

Blasey spoke to The Washington Post in an exclusive report about the event in question: more specifically, a summer evening in the 1980s in which Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" and assaulted her in a bedroom at a party.

She said she managed to escape when Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, "jumped on top of them".

She also said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream for help.

"I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", Ford told the Post.

At a high school house party, "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing", Ford claimed, and said both Kavanaugh and a friend were extremely intoxicated during the incident, which happened when they were in high school.

The woman is not talking to reporters and is not going public with her allegations.

Jones said he would bring up the accusation if he gets a chance to meet with Kavanaugh and is otherwise still deliberating on his vote for the Supreme Court choice. The late entrance of the letter to the Kavanaugh pre-confirmation hearings drew cries of foul play from Kavanaugh, who denied the allegations, and his supporters.

She said she decided in late August not to come forward as she was concerned the publicity would upend her life while not affecting Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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The woman "said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result", The New Yorker added. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh broke his silence Friday regarding Sen.

Feinstein won't disclose the information publicly, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed it has included it in Kavanaugh's background file at the committee, now available confidentially to all senators. Other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee first learned about the contents of the letter at a last-minute meeting last Wednesday evening. She didn't say anything in the confirmation hearings.

Before details of the allegation surfaced on Friday, Senate Republicans pointed out that an extensive background check was already completed by the White House and reviewed by the committee.

"There's no plan to change the committee's consideration of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", Hartmann said in a statement. Eshoo then referred the letter to Feinstein.

Ford described to the Post her concern her identity would be revealed anyway as the story snow balled.

In response to the Post story, the White House sent the same statement to press outlets including the Guardian. Hassan said Collins will make her own decision.

But after the past few days of coverage and speculation, she said, "Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation".

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