Chuck Schumer, immediately called for postponement of a Thursday vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on whether to recommend that the full Senate confirm Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the nation's highest court. It contains as much detail as could be expected of an incident that took place three and a half decades ago, and there is no doubt that she and Kavanaugh shared a broad social circle. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Last week, Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations.
Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono and Connecticut Democratic Sen.
Ford says she escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them and they tumbled. She says she was anxious he might "inadvertently kill" her as he allegedly covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from screaming.
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.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday the FBI should investigate Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh and that the probe should occur before the Senate proceeds with the judge's confirmation. The letter noted that the signatories included women from "a broad range of political views".
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Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in another letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect". Ford chose to reveal her identity after news of her letter to Feinstein leaked. For the White House, another scandal might be one too many. But Democrats had a chance to question him about the claims and failed to do so.
Though it barely seemed possible, Democrats in Washington have hit a new low with their most-recent antics around Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. But that's not Kavanaugh's and Judge's stories. Dianne Feinstein became public over the past week, she made a decision to go ahead and speak out herself, Sunday's report said. "Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced". Eshoo then referred the letter to Feinstein.
Feinstein told Kavanaugh on September 5, "I'm sorry for the circumstances, but we'll get through it". There would simply not be time for Trump to pick another nominee, and the Judiciary Committee to vet that person and hold another week-long confirmation hearing before any floor vote to confirm the replacement pick before Election Day.
ABC News has not confirmed the Intercept's reporting. If approved by the committee and the whole Senate, as expected, Kavanaugh is likely to decidedly tilt the court to the conservatives for years to come. The call was already scheduled before the allegation emerged and Collins' office declined to provide any details about their discussion.