Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Doug Jones predicts Kavanaugh nomination moves forward after anonymous accusation

Doug Jones predicts Kavanaugh nomination moves forward after anonymous accusation

A centrist Democratic senator and two Republican colleagues argued Sunday that a decades-old sexual misconduct allegation against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh should have been raised sooner in the Senate and predicted it would not prevent the chamber from moving forward with his nomination to the Supreme Court. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Judge, the other teen boy Ms. Ford accused, had no comment Sunday but denied the early sketchy reports Friday.

On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward and said she is now willing to go public with her accusations.

Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school.

Kennedy took direct aim at Senate Democrats for the timing of a letter that surfaced reportedly detailing sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was a teenager, saying Sen.

In the interview, Ford said that the lasting trauma from the attack had "derailed me substantially for four or five years", and had caused anxiety for years after that.

Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says. 'He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing'. Then Judge jumped on them again, toppling them, and she broke away, she said.

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That timetable would have Kavanaugh sitting on the Supreme Court - if he is confirmed - before the November 6 elections in which one-third of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation, I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said in a statement. Judge, now an author and filmmaker, told The Weekly Standard last week that no such incident had occurred.

From Judge: "It's just absolutely nuts", he said.

Ford described to the Post her concern her identity would be revealed anyway as the story snow balled. The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist's part. Remember that Ford seems to have been telling the same story for six years at least, while Kavanaugh and Judge try to get through a weekend on the same page.

Ford said she believes the incident is responsible for her anxiety and the post-traumatic stress disorder. "Senator Feinstein should publicly release the letter she received back in July so that everyone can know what she's known for weeks", the statement continues. "However, as we have seen over the past few days, they also come at a price for the victim".

Anita Hill, a Brandeis University professor who is famous for testifying during Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings that he had sexually harassed her, put out a statement Friday calling for an investigation into the Kavanaugh matter. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also said that at a minimum, the vote should be postponed until Ford's claims are investigated.

Pressure on Republicans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation mounted, but it is unclear whether Ford's decision to go public would hold up a Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh. "Anonymous allegations are not going to change the chairman's plans for a vote on Thursday", a top committee Republican aide tells Cindy Smith.

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