Anita Hill responds to allegation against Kavanaugh

Feinstein explains decision to keep letter making claims against Kavanaugh private

In a lengthy interview-article with the Post, Christine Blasey Ford described the 1980s incident, which she says took place at a home in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland.

Said Ford to the paper, describing the moment Kavanaugh allegedly pinned her down and covered her mouth as he tried to remove her swimsuit: "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".

The magazine reported the allegation in the letter was "that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to hide the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand".

The woman who claims Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers was identified Sunday by the Washington Post. "Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it".

Ford took a polygraph test in early August, then chose to remain anonymous, despite the results affirming her honesty.

According to a source cited by the New Yorker, Feinstein learned of the alleged incident in July and while her staff members mentioned it to other Democratic lawmakers, they did not share the letter with them. Judge stood across the room, she said, and both boys were laughing "maniacally".

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. Ford said, adding that she recalled thinking: "I'm not ever telling anyone this". In her favor, though certainly not conclusive, is the fact that she passed a polygraph test.

Shortly after Feinstein's statement was released, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec criticized the timing.

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His comments came just after a woman, who claimed to be Kavanaugh's former high school classmate, accused him of sexual misconduct that had occurred decades before his nomination.

In his hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee a couple of weeks ago, Sen. Republicans criticized her decision to withhold the allegations during Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he would like to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court's new term.

Ford had contacted the Post through a tip line in early July after it had become clear that Kavanaugh was on Trump's shortlist to fill a vacancy but before the Republican president nominated him, the newspaper said.

The woman sent the letter about the allegation to Democratic Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto, and the letter was sent to the office of Sen.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday the FBI should investigate Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh and that the probe should occur before the Senate proceeds with the judge's confirmation. The Washington Post has her story.

"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post.

If Kavanaugh can't get to 50 votes unless the process is stalled - i.e. if swing Republican Senators demand delay - then his nomination should be pulled.

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