Judge Brett Kavanaugh is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend his integrity from accusations of a sexual assault Christine Blasey Ford alleges Kavanaugh committed 36 years ago.
Ford, a psychology professor in California, claims that at a party in the 1980s when she was 15, Kavanaugh, 17 at the time, and a friend drunkenly cornered her in a bedroom and allegedly pinned her down, groped her, and attempted to pull off her clothes. She sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in July, detailing her accusations and asking for confidentiality.
Last week, Feinstein referred the letter to the FBI but did not reveal its contents or the author. Ford came forward as the author of the letter in an interview with the Washington Post published Sunday after details of her allegations were reported elsewhere.
Recounting her story, Ford said when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” she said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford did not tell anyone of the incident until 2012, when she discussed it with her therapist. The Washington Post reviewed her therapist’s notes and found a record of Ford describing an attack by boys from an elite private school, but not mentioning Kavanaugh by name.
Kavanaugh forcefully denied the allegation and stated his willingness to cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend himself.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone,” Kavanaugh said in a statement.
“Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”
“I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”
The other male accused in Ford’s allegation told the New Yorker, “I have no recollection of that.”
On Friday, 65 women came forward to defend Kavanaugh’s character in a letter sent to the Judiciary Committee.
“We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect,” they wrote. “We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time.”
Debra Katz, an attorney for Ford, said Monday that Ford is willing to testify about her accusations before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Democratic lawmakers are demanding a delay on the committee vote to advance Kavanaugh to the full Senate’s confirmation vote. Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the Judiciary Committee should wait to advance Kavanaugh until the committee hears from Ford.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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