The woman behind the allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh has finally come forward, speaking to the Washington Post.
The woman is named Christine Ford and she’s a professor at Palo Alto University. Ford is a registered Democrat.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a letter from Ford since at least July but didn’t tell anyone about it and didn’t say anything about it until September 12.
Republicans said that it was disturbing that this decades old claim should be dropped at the last minute
From Fox News:
“It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July,” Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement.
“If Ranking Member Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier,” he continued. “Instead, they said nothing during two joint phone calls with the nominee in August, four days of lengthy public hearings, a closed session for all committee members with the nominee where sensitive topics can be discussed and in more than 1,300 written questions.”
Grassley called on Feinstein to publicly release the letter she received in July, “so that everyone can know what she’s known for weeks.” He added that the sudden reveal of the allegations “raises a lot of questions about Democrats’ tactics and motives” and noted that no similar allegations had surfaced in Kavanaugh’s past despite six separate federal background checks throughout his career.
Ford claims the incident happened at a Maryland house when Kavanaugh pushed her onto a bed.
However, Ford told The Post she did not recall exactly who owned the house, how she came to be at the house, or how the gathering was arranged. She remembered only that the house was in Montgomery County, near a country club, and that parents were not present.
Ford said she remembered that during one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were “stumbling drunk” and laughing “maniacally” when Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to forcibly remove her one-piece bathing suit, as well as the clothes she was wearing. According to Ford, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, who works as a research psychologist in California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Both Kavanagh and Judge had previously denied that any such incident occurred. Judge called it “just absolutely nuts” and said “I never saw Brett act that way.”
The WaPo said that Ford contacted them in July when she contacted Feinstein. So they’re claiming they sat on this since then? And didn’t even say anything until now?
She claims that revealed the incident in a couple therapy session in 2012. But the notes for that session say she said there were 4 boys not 2 involved. She claims that was a mistake by the therapist. And she never named Kavanaugh.
Feinstein is now calling for the confirmation vote to be postponed until there is a federal investigation, which would then push it past the election.
“From the outset, I have believed these allegations were extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh’s character,” Feinstein wrote. “I support Mrs. Ford’s decision to share her story, and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation. This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee.”
That sentiment was echoed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday.
“Senator Grassley must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated,” Schumer said. “For too long, when woman have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored. That cannot happen in this case.”
It’s pretty clear now that Democrats have played this to delay right down the line, to get it past the midterm elections in the hope that they could prevent the confirmation.
Right now, the FBI is not investigating anything further until they get a green light from the White House.
Not only has Judge denied the incident, but 65 women have also signed onto a letter attesting to Kavanaugh’s character.
“We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect,” the letter read. “We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time.”
He has also passed six prior FBI background checks.