Accuser of nominee Brett Kavanaugh goes public

Judge Brett Kavanaugh being sworn in at his confirmation hearings

Katz tells ABC's "Good Morning America" the accuser is "willing to cooperate" with investigators and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Since Ford has gone public with her allegations, Democrats and some Republicans have called on the committee to postpone a vote on Kavanaugh until her claims can be sorted out. Some prominent conservatives suggested the charges are orchestrated by Democrats.

However, neither Ford nor Katz have heard from any lawmakers. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators.

Her husband confirms her story, saying he recalls her mentioning Kavanaugh by name.

Senator Feinstein said she notified federal investigators about the letter, and the FBI confirmed it has included the information in the letter in Mr Kavanaugh's background file, which all senators can read.

Though not certain about the year of the incident, Christine Blasey Ford claimed to the Washington Post that Kavanaugh and another high school friend, both "stumbling drunk", corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teens at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ms Ford said in an interview that has heaped pressure on Republican members of Congress to slow Mr Kavanaugh's anticipated passage on to the nation's highest court, where...

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At the time Collins called the allegations against Franken "credible, disgusting and appalling and degrading to women". McConnell has said he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court's new term.

"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", she said. 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.

In The Washington Post interview, Mrs Ford said that when she tried to scream, Mr Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. She said she thinking that, "I'm not ever telling anyone this". In fact, in 2012, she discussed the attack during therapy with her husband.

Republicans suggest the timing of the allegation is a dirty trick. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most watched television news channel for more than 16 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most trusted television news source in the country. She said if anyone was going to tell her story, she wanted to be the one to tell it. "She was quite reluctant to come forward". However, Slate points out that Judge has written about his struggle with alcoholism, including black-out drunkenness, fictionalizing the name of the school he attended and referring to another individual who he names "Bart O'Kavanaugh", who partook in enough alcohol to vomit in someone else's vehicle and pass out.

Democrats are now demanding a delay on the Kavanaugh vote in light of Ford's story.

It's unfortunate that she did not feel emboldened to come forward earlier, but knowing what Hill went through, it's easy to understand why Ford did not want to become the target for Republicans, who have become even more partisan and vicious than they were when Hill surfaced and testified. As Rebecca Traister says, women have had to swallow their rage while building their lives around this reality forever, but now that the "anger window is open", there's no closing it again. This didn't derail Thomas' nomination, and indeed, since then Senators have at least been able to argue that the allegations against him were seriously examined. "Let's make very clear that these Democratic senators ... were not interested in Judge Kavnaugh's significant record, his character and integrity, as testified to by many women".

US President Donald Trump is hoping to establish a conservative majority on the Supreme Court with appointment of Brett Kavanaugh.

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