A woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago came forward publicly Sunday, detailing her allegations about the Supreme Court nominee in an interview with The Washington Post.
Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations when they first surfaced last week.
Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, alleges Kavanaugh held her down on a bed and groped her, attempting to forcibly undress her. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and a Judiciary Committee member, via her local U.S. House member - Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo.
Ford says in the interview that she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. Ford said the discrepancy was the therapist's error, as there were four boys at the party, but only two in the room when she was allegedly assaulted. She says that both boys were "stumbling drunk" and that the friend watched as Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and clumsily tried to pull off her clothes. She said of the alleged Kavanaugh assault, "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".
"I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", she told The Washington Post, saying she struggled academically and socially.
"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".
The White House sent The Washington Post a statement Kavanaugh issued last week: 'I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. Feinstein has give the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hassan said Collins will make her own decision.
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The Judiciary Committee, which has finished confirmation hearings for Kavanagh, still plans to vote next Thursday on whether to recommend that he be confirmed by the full Senate, a spokesman said.
Senate Republicans insist Kavanaugh's confirmation remains on track.
"I'm fairly confident that our Founding Fathers did not intend the process to work this way", he said. 'Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation'.
Kavanaugh was also a clerk for Alex Kozinski, who resigned as a federal appeals court judge over allegations of sexually harassing and mistreating law clerks. It added the letter to Kavanaugh's file but has not opened a criminal investigation.
The Post reports that Ford took a polygraph test administered by an ex-FBI agent on the advice of a lawyer, Debra Katz. Neither Kavanaugh nor the White House offered the Post further comment.
Brett Kavanaugh will more than likely be our next Supreme Court Justice, despite obvious proof that he is unqualified and will work to dismantle civil liberties. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also said that at a minimum, the vote should be postponed until Ford's claims are investigated. He said he puts "some weight" on Kavanaugh's denial.