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Monica Lewinsky Thanks Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford for Coming Forward

17 September 2018

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Mr Kavanaugh of trying to attack her and remove her clothing in the early 1980s when they were both high school students.

"With Kavanaugh's hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me", she writes, echoing a statement she made to the Post.

The Arizona Republican told The Washington Post that Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist who first went public with her allegations in a Post story Sunday, "must be heard". The panel would also likely seek testimony from Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her. Judge has denied that the incident happened.

Ford's husband told the Post that she used Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions and anxious he would be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. is surrounded by reporters as she arrives for a vote Tuesday Sept. 18 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Pho
Sen. Dianne Feinstein D-Calif. is surrounded by reporters as she arrives for a vote Tuesday Sept. 18 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Pho

The Post said Ford originally contacted her representative in the House, California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, whose office sent her letter to Feinstein. The notes also say four boys attacked her - but Ford insists this was the therapist's mistake.

A person familiar with Ford's story said that at around the time she sent Eshoo the letter, Ford discussed with friends how she might go public with her story.

While Democrats and numerous protestors have tried to delay or derail Kavanaugh's nomination process, the Trump-nominated judge's eventual ascension to the Supreme Court was seen as inevitable given Republicans' control of the Senate.

Two moderate Republican female senators who support abortion rights and are not on the Judiciary Committee, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have been under particular pressure not to back Kavanaugh, who is seen as a social conservative and if confirmed, is considered likely to tilt the top U.S. court even further to the right. Feinstein said she notified federal investigators about the letter, and the FBI confirmed it has included the information in the letter in Kavanaugh's background file, which all senators can read. She also said she wants the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination. People were clearly learning her identity: A BuzzFeed reporter visited her at her home and tried to speak to her as she was leaving a classroom where she teaches graduate students. He told the New York Times that Kavanaugh was a "brilliant student" who loved sports and was not "into anything insane or illegal".

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"Well, this woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", said Conway. In addition, Sen. Feinstein has had the information for months and never mentioned it to other members of the Judiciary Committee or questioned Kavanaugh directly about it. His spokesperson Taylor Foy did not immediately return a request for comment Monday on whether Thursday's vote will take place. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

"Allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony", Conway said that would acceptable, maybe as soon as this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement".

Ms Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".

Hill said in a statement to Politico, "The reluctance of someone to come forward demonstrates that even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power".

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But she said her client was taking no decision on political matters, when asked if Kavanaugh should withdraw. "We need to postpone the scheduled vote until we get to the bottom of this". The allegation was not raised at any time during the judge's confirmation hearings. But also in the interview, Katz reiterating the strength of Ford's credibility, saying that existing documentation and a polygraph bolster her claims.

The key swing votes in the full Senate, like Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins, are under intense pressure.

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Monica Lewinsky Thanks Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford for Coming Forward