Kavanaugh's accuser NOT ready to testify against Trump's supreme court nominee

Democrats complain GOP won't publicly question Kavanaugh friend a possible witness in sexual assault allegation

Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing

Soon, she married her husband in a nearby coastal town, and they bought a classic Eichler home in Palo Alto and had two sons. But, I do not feel that she's accurate that it could have been Brett Kavanaugh.

Ford claims that at a party when both were teenagers in the early 1980s, an intoxicated Kavanaugh trapped her in a bedroom, pinned her on a bed, tried to undress her and forced his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

"How much in society should any of us be held liable today when we've lived a good life, an upstanding life by all accounts, and then something that maybe is an arguable issue took place in high school?" he said. She said she was around 15 at the time and he would have been about 17.

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the charges, saying in a statement: "This is a completely false allegation".

"He is an incredible man".

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, was nominated by President Trump in July to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The book featured a character named Bart O'Kavanaugh, whom many believe to be based on the Supreme Court nominee, who "passes out drunk and throws up in a vehicle". Around the same time she wrote a letter describing the alleged incident to her California congresswoman, Democrat Anna Eshoo, who relayed it to California senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate judiciary committee. While no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal, Dr. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials.

The editorial questions whether Ford actually was reluctant to come forward with her allegations - noting that she hired Katz, took a polygraph test, sent a letter to Feinstein about the alleged incident and contacted the Post's anonymous tip line. Democrats are demanding a thorough investigation by the FBI, because these allegations are new.

On Monday, Trump defended his pick, dismissing any notion that Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn. Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters this week.

"Dr Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events". She has published several books and more than 65 peer-reviewed journal articles.

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Senate leaders, under pressure from fellow Republicans who wanted a fuller, open examination of the allegations, announced the move late on Monday. Another letter of support has been signed by more than 700 graduates of her private prep school, Holton-Arms.

"You imagine you're getting a new colleague, and it's been a pretty hard-fought, hard process, that they might see some of these cases - even if there's a circuit split and even if it's a really interesting issue - and just think, we can wait", Saharsky said. "He said very clearly and unequivocally, 'This did not happen'".

"She never said a word about this", said Allan Reiss, a Stanford professor of psychiatry with whom she has written numerous scholarly publications.

"I would really want to see her".

Friends who knew her from the beach and children's sports circles said she struggled with the decision to come forward. Clinton says she thinks Republicans are trying to put Ford "in the dock and try to rush this through". "But she felt like somebody should know what this person was like and what he's done before". What about experts who can speak to the effects of this kind of trauma on a victim?

"Now this is really what #MeToo is all about, if you think about it", said Sen.

Colleagues and former students described her as competent and laid back, someone who is sure of her own footing and who balances work and family.

If Ford declines to appear at the scheduled Judiciary Committee hearing next Monday, there is no guarantee Republicans will agree to delay the scheduled confirmation vote again. They also want more witnesses, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into a "he-said-she-said" moment.

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