Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Feinstein backs Kavanaugh accuser's decision to go public

Feinstein backs Kavanaugh accuser's decision to go public

They have given no indications the allegation will alter their plans.

A spokesman for Sen.

On Sunday, Feinstain said the FBI should investigate now that Ford has spoken to the Post. He said the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

"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". Most lawmakers have yet to read the letter Feinstein sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Senate aides and lawmakers were privately weighing the implications of Ford's interview.

The Senate's female Republican senators, nearly all of whom McConnell and Trump must keep in the "yes" column, could decide whether the allegations are tested.

Senate Republicans on Friday released a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh during his high school years vouching for his character. In her favor, though certainly not conclusive, is the fact that she passed a polygraph test. Susan Collins of ME to also vote no.

Grassley's office says it will proceed with the planned Judiciary committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next week. The therapist's notes, portions of which were provided by Ford and reviewed by The Washington Post, do not mention Kavanaugh's name but say she reported that she was attacked by students "from an elitist boys' school" who went on to become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".

When she attempted to scream for help, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. The uncertainty is due in part to the staleness of her claim and in part to the fact that it didn't surface until after Judge Kavanaugh had finished testifying.

What compounds the potential damage of this story is the clarity of Kavanaugh's response to the Post: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

Ford said she told no one about the incident, until 2012. "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again". Now he is being accused of sexual harassment by a former classmate he went to high school with in the early 1980s.

President Donald Trump and his White House aides might decide to pull the nomination and send up a similarly conservative nominee from Trump's list of two dozen potential high court nominees that have been vetted by influential conservative groups.

In this regard, it's fair to note that Ford is a registered Democrat and a past contributor to some Democratic candidates.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein.

Even after Feinstein sent the allegation to the FBI, Senate Democrats weren't littering the news with calls to denounce Kavanaugh.

Ford said the alleged incident "derailed me substantially for four or five years", impairing her relationships with men and contributing to post-traumatic stress symptoms over the long term.

Feinstein said in a statement Thursday that she "received information from an individual concerning the nomination".

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