UPDATE: Senate committee gives Brett Kavanaugh accuser another day to agree to testify

UPDATE — 9/22, 9:39 a.m. EDT: Senate Judiciary chairman, Chuck Grassley, may go forward with a committee vote to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation Monday, but has given Christine Ford more time to respond to an offer to testify in front of the committee Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Grassley originally set a 10 p.m. EDT deadline on Friday for Ford to agree to terms of her appearance on Capitol Hill, which came and went with her attorney only calling the time frame “arbitrary”, accusing the chairman of rushing the process to get Kavanaugh confirmed.

Ford is calling for “a full investigation” by the FBI of an alleged incident in which Kavanaugh forced himself onto her while drunk at a small party in Maryland’s D.C. suburbs in 1982, which the accuser described as a “rape attempt” to a couples therapist in 2012.

 

In a last minute act of desperation Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed an anonymous letter alleging attempted sexual assault on an unknown woman by Brett Kavanaugh at a party more than 30 years ago. The allegation dates back to the early 1980s when Kavanaugh was 17-years-old, attending Georgetown Preparatory School, and the accuser was enrolled at a nearby high school.

According to the woman, Kavanaugh had been drinking at a social gathering when he and a male friend took her into a bedroom. The door was locked, and she was thrown onto the bed. Kavanaugh then allegedly got on top of the her and put a hand over her mouth, as the music was turned up. The then-15-year-old girl was able to extricate herself and leave the room before anything else occurred.

Facing a Judiciary Committee vote in five days, the letter carries with it serious allegations against the Yale graduate and circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Kavanaugh was quick to deny the allegations, stating:

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Despite the allegations, the letter has lost much credibility among senators because of it’s late release. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, received the letter in July and had notified the FBI, but did not inform fellow Democrats about it’s existence until Wednesday evening.

In a show of support, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), released a letter signed by 65 women, which reads:

“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. We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time.”

With little evidence of criminality, although possibly untoward behavior on the part of the nominee, including allegations of a gambling addiction, it appears Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court is inevitable with only 51 votes needed for confirmation and a GOP majority in the Senate.

 

Editor’s note: This article has been edited since its original publication.

 

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