Mr Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators.
"I agree with Senator Flake that we should delay this week's vote", Feinstein said. Speaking last Wednesday at the George Washington University Law School, a day before Feinstein disclosed the letter, Ginsburg called the Kavanaugh hearings "a highly partisan show". Even then, she didn't say it was Kavanaugh, just boys from a nearby high school who were now "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".
Ford described the attack in late July in a confidential letter to Sen. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me."-Professor Ford about -Kavanaugh assault".
In response to the Post story, the White House sent the same statement to press outlets including the Guardian.
The allegation puts heavy pressure on moderate senators who must decide whether to vote for Kavanaugh at the risk of angering the "Me Too" movement.
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.
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. There, according to the account, Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and groped her while attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothes she was wearing over it.
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However, she also said she does not remember key elements about the story, including when it occurred or how she came to be at the house party.
Some said they would like Ford to be given a chance to tell her story. A Republican spokesman for the committee questioned the timing of the allegations, saying in a statement: "It raises a lot of questions about Democrats' tactics and motives to bring this to the rest of the committee's attention only now rather than during these many steps along the way".
Reporters, Ford said, had begun to make contact with her after the anonymous description emerged.
The bombshell comes with dramatic political stakes: If Kavanaugh's nomination is withdrawn or voted down, it will be impossible for the White House and Senate Republicans to choose, vet and advance another nominee before the midterm elections, which are only seven weeks away. "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", he said in a statement.
Right. This woman now coming forward alleges that Kavanaugh and his friend, a man by the name of Mark Judge is the one she's accusing here, corralled her into a back bedroom.
"To railroad a vote now would be an insult to the women of America and the integrity of the Supreme Court".
During a therapy session with her husband in 2012, Ford described the incident but did not mention Kavanaugh by name, according to therapist's notes reviewed by the Post. She said she had spoken to Kavanaugh about the matter on the phone and he was emphatic in his denial. Ford says four boys were at the party, but only two boys were in the room at the time.
The Senate judiciary committee is due to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Thursday, paving the way for a full Senate vote later in the month which would require a simple majority to secure his place on the supreme court bench. She said she often spent time in the summer at the Columbia Country Club pool in Chevy Chase, where in those pre-cellphone days, teenagers learned about gatherings via word of mouth.