Kavanaugh's accuser finally goes public. What next?

The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers has come forward to The Washington Post.

In an interview with the newspaper, Christine Blasey Ford said that as a high school student in suburban Maryland just outside of Washington, a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothing.

She said she was finally able to escape when another of Kavanaugh's classmates at his prestigious private school, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, whereupon all three were sent tumbling and she was able to escape the room, first locking herself in a bathroom briefly before fleeing the house.

According to the Post Ms. Ford first detailed the incident in 2012, "when she was in couples therapy with her husband".

Ford initially sought to keep her identity private.

Democrats surely were hoping the letter would prompt a federal inquiry and stall Kavanaugh's confirmation until after the midterm elections, when they hope to take over the Senate.

Feinstein's apology to Kavanaugh over protesters' frequent interruptions during his confirmation hearing also earned Waters' criticism.

Pressure on Republicans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation mounted, but it is unclear whether Ford's decision to go public would hold up a Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh. It added the letter to Kavanaugh's file but has not opened a criminal investigation. Equally awful was the recent op-ed from a White House insider underscoring President Donald Trump's incompetence. Furthermore Judge Kavanaugh and others alleged to have been involved have unequivocally denied these claims from their high school days.

At the time, she feared what her parents would say if they knew she had been at a party where there was alcohol.

After the Post's article went up, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement again questioning the timing of the accusations and why Sen. "Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a almost two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn't share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions". "Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?" she said. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - who had the accusation since July - said nothing during any interview or hearing with Kavanaugh and never told her Democrat colleagues about the allegation. There is a way back to the better times of which Ginsburg spoke, though it will require great courage and character - to confirm the highly qualified Kavanaugh with a bipartisan vote. The call was already scheduled before the allegation emerged and Collins' office declined to provide any details about their discussion.

In agreeing to talk to the Washington Post, Ford is coming forward on her own terms.

According to the Post, Ms. Ford is a registered Democrat who had "made small contributions to political organizations". In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect.

Ford said she believes the incident is responsible for her anxiety and the post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Jon Douglas