CNN publishes text of letter Kavanaugh accuser wrote to Feinstein
Sep 18 2018
The White House would not comment further.
"To railroad a vote now would be an insult to the women of America and the integrity of the Supreme Court", said Sen.
Kavanaugh's accuser went public with allegations on Sunday, but Feinstein received a letter with the claims in July.
"Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stairwell from the living room", read the letter. "Along with another male, Kavanaugh locked the door from the inside and played loud music that the accuser said precluded successful attempts to yell for help". They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. She says Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it. Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says, and escaped when the friend, Mark Judge, jumped on them.
The Judiciary Democrats, in their letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said serious questions have been raised about Kavanaugh's "record, truthfulness and character".
"It is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything", she writes. Ford sent a letter detailing her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh to Sen.
Katz told ABC's Good Morning America her client is "willing to co-operate" with investigators and the Senate's judiciary committee.
Ford recounted the incident in couples therapy back in 2012, while her therapist jotted down notes, indicating that she didn't just come forward with these allegation after Kavanaugh was nominated.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ms Ford, 51, told the newspaper, adding: "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing". "I hope the attacks and shaming of her will stop and this will be treated with the seriousness it deserves". Therefore, if Conway is firmly on the side of Kavanaugh being trustworthy - a tough sell, given he has been repeatedly accused of perjuring himself in Senate hearings - it is hard to argue she's willing to really listen to Ford's side of the story.
Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them.
Meanwhile, Judge provided an interview Friday to the the Weekly Standard, before Ford's name was known. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".
That panel has a vote now set for Thursday afternoon on the Kavanaugh nomination. The 53-year-old judge was there to meet with the White House legal team to prepare for potential interviews or questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, a source familiar with the matter said. Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also called for the vote to be postponed.
"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. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities", Feinstein said in a statement Thursday.
"SenateGOP Male GOP Senators, huge opportunity here to pretend you give a shit about women & be the first to say you'll vote No on Kavanaugh". Diane Feinstein in July, showing a childlike note in which "Bret" asks "Cindy" to check yes or no when asked if she'd be his "girlfreind". Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would be key.
Republicans, who hold a narrow majority on the committee and in the Senate, are eager to confirm Kavanaugh in time for him to join the high court when it begins its fall term in two weeks.
Also Monday, six Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce their Freedom of Information Act request for documents on Kavanaugh's work in the White House during the George W. Bush administration. All 10 Democrats on the committee signed a letter urging Grassley to delay the vote.