The emergence of California professor Christine Blasey Ford unleashed a frenetic sequence of events Monday that threatened to unravel the confirmation process of President Donald Trump's nominee, who had seemed on a smooth glide path to becoming the man to enshrine a conservative majority for a generation.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee's chairman, was scrambling Sunday to arrange staff telephone calls with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s when they were both students in high school. She tried to scream, but Kavanaugh allegedly put his hand over her mouth. She says she was able to get away after Kavanaugh's friend jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled.
Ford's letter matches the account she told The Washington Post on Sunday in what was her first detailed account of her allegations against Kavanaugh.
Democrats have scored a big one with their latest on Brett Kavanaugh, going all the way back to high school to give voice to a female who's weighing in, mid-#MeToo movement time, no less, with some scathing accusations that the Supreme Court nominee, in his teen years, once pinned her to a bed at a party.
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Grassley ripped ranking committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) for sitting on the story-she was first made aware of the charge in a letter from Ford in July-and said if Democrats took it seriously, it should have been brought to his attention "much earlier".
"This has to be weighed against what we already know-which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of good character and integrity", Conway said, noting he has been through half a dozen rounds of Federal Bureau of Investigation "vetting", and has been "lauded by women in every aspect of his life", including former classmates, and mothers of young girls he coaches in basketball. Jeff Flake of Arizona, echoed that sentiment, saying he was "not comfortable" moving forward with a vote scheduled or this Thursday out of the committee.
Ford's husband told the Post that she used Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions and anxious he would be nominated to the Supreme Court. Reports included inaccurate or incomplete information, she says, and reporters attempted to contact her. But since the Intercept revealed the allegation - which quickly snowballed into absurd theater in the days following - she said she felt she needed to come forward.
Katz, who made the rounds of the morning news shows, told "CBS This Morning" Ford is 'willing to do what she needs to do'. Her husband, Russell Ford, told the newspaper that when she described the incident in the 2012 session, she used Kavanaugh's last name and said she was concerned he might eventually be nominated to the Supreme Court. Judge has denied that the incident happened.
Feinstein said Sunday that the FBI should investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh before the committee moves forward with his nomination.
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Feinstein called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".
She said Mr 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.
A full vote by the Senate is expected by the end of the month.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told the paper.
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