UPDATE — 9/19, 3:04 p.m. EDT: Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers told Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley in a letter Tuesday their client will not testify publicly Monday, Sept. 24, but would speak with ranking committee members further about “reasonable steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate”.
Ford is also calling for “a full investigation by law enforcement officials”, of allegations Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh forced himself onto her while drunk at a small party in Maryland’s D.C. suburbs circa 1982, which she described as a “rape attempt” to a couples therapist in 2012.
Grassley replied to Ford’s attorneys Wednesday, giving their client a deadline of Friday morning to provide written testimony before her invited appearance in front of the committee next week, whether public or private.
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 attended Georgetown Preparatory School and the woman 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-young woman was able to extricate herself and leave the room before anything else occurred, according to the letter.
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 anonymous letter has lost much credibility in the Senate 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 the letter’s existence until Wednesday evening.
The allegations lost further credibility Friday as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, released a letter signed by 65 women who have known the nominee. The letter 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 or untoward behavior on the part of the nominee, which include allegations of a gambling addiction, and Republican control of the Senate, it appears Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court is inevitable.
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