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Hearing sets up dramatic showdown between Kavanaugh accuser

Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation

The woman who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were in high school has come forward.

Ford said that Kavanaugh forced himself on her by pinning her to a bed in the early 1980s, when the two were attending nearby high schools in Maryland.

At the White House, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, told reporters, "She should not be insulted".

Asked how Kavanaugh is doing since Ford went public with her story, a source close to Kavanaugh said the judge "remains steadfast in his denial and is determined not to let a single, unverified allegation overshadow his long judicial record and his lifetime of public service". In her letter, she said she wanted her allegation to be kept confidential, but she said she has made a decision to finally speak publicly amid heightened media scrutiny, diminishing privacy, and falsehoods about her story.

But remember too", she went on, "that has to be weighed against what we already know, which is that Judge Kavanaugh is a man of character and integrity, who has been through six Federal Bureau of Investigation vettings, which I can tell you firsthand are significant and thorough.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. That's a very intimidating statement and it really is created to scare her and make her not want to come forward".

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, issued a statement calling for a delay. Explaining Ford's initial reluctance to come forward, Katz said, "No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though".

The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Conway, though, noted that Ford's account, while it should be considered, should also be "weighed against" other evidence.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was open to hearing from Ford, while resisting calls to delay the vote. This is very significant for a man of character and integrity to be spoken about so highly by women who maybe didn't vote for President Trump, who maybe don't call themselves Republicans, certainly, in fact, many who don't.

In spite of passing a lie detector test, she decided in August not to step out publicly, citing the effect stepping forward would have on her and her family. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", his statement said.

She said Mr Kavanaugh and a friend had allegedly "corralled" her into a bedroom at a gathering. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ms Ford says jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh.

The Post reports that while her husband recalls Ford mentioning Kavanaugh's name in therapy, notes from her therapist that were reviewed by the newspaper do not mention his name.

Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation, saying he did not do this "at any time".

Before the allegations became public, Blunt touted Kavanaugh's personal background in a speech on the Senate floor earlier this month and criticized Democratic efforts to slow his nomination. She added that she kept quiet about the alleged incident until she found herself in couple's therapy with her husband back in 2012.

"I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further", said Flake, who has the power to stall consideration if all Democrats on the panel join him since Republicans only hold an 11-10 majority on the committee.

Senate Republicans, along with the White House, see no need to postpone voting over what they consider uncorroborated and unverifiable accusations, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly. Dr. Ford's attorney could have approached my office, while keeping her client confidential and anonymous, so that these allegations could be thoroughly investigated.

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