I fear retaliation over sex assault claim, says Trump judge accuser

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh

We know that Kavanaugh's corroborating witness (conservative author Mark Judge) has written a memoir - helpfully titled Wasted: Tales of a GenEx Drunk - in which he describes frequently suffering from alcohol-induced blackouts as a teenager.

What compounds the potential damage of this story is the clarity of Kavanaugh's response to the Post: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". Later that month, she approached her congresswoman, who passed along a letter to Sen.

The vote on Kavanaugh is now scheduled for Thursday. And whether or not such additional evidence is produced, there is no chance that Kavanaugh will be charged with a crime, since the statute of limitations has long expired, and he was a minor at the time of the incident.

"There's a lot of information we don't know and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have the time it needs to review this new material", Feinstein tweeted.

In late July, Ms Ford sent a letter through Ms Eshoo's office to Senator Feinstein. Dianne Feinstein received a letter, which detailed the incident.

McConnell has said he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court's new term. The letter noted that the signatories included women from "a broad range of political views".

"In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect", the letter said.

I didn't believe Hill's accusations back then, and now, having a clear picture of Justice Thomas's sterling character, and having just reread the transcript of the Hill-Thomas hearings, I believe them still less.

Feinstein called a meeting on Wednesday at which she disclosed the contents of the letter to committee Democrats, but did not show the letter itself, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

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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.

Republican Senator Jeff Flake is calling for the nomination process to be delayed in the light of the allegations. Democrats were concerned that if they failed to pass along any information about the allegation, they would be accused of a cover-up.

Some 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. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen.

The issue was not raised, Kennedy said. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators.

This is happening at a moment when the nation is perhaps the most sensitive it has ever been to such allegations, and society is taking them more seriously.

Pressure on Republicans to delay Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation mounted, but it is unclear whether Ms Ford's decision to go public would hold up a Senate vote to confirm Mr Kavanaugh.

Feinstein called on the FBI to investigate Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".

This report will be updated as new details and perspectives emerge.

One Judiciary Committee Republican, Jeff Flake of Arizona, told The Washington Post the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, "must be heard" before the panel's vote on the nomination, now scheduled for Thursday. At the time Collins called the allegations against Franken "credible, disgusting and appalling and degrading to women". The Senate Republican majority can only stand to lose two votes, and still has a handful of moderates.

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