KAVANAUGH SPEAKS: Trump's Court Pick BREAKS SILENCE on Feinstein's Letter

She says that both assailants were "stumbling drunk" at the time, and that Kavanaugh himself pinned her to the bed and tried to take off her clothes.

Christine Blasey Ford spoke to The Washington Post after her initial hesitance, providing notes from her therapist appearing to show that she did talk about the incident in question during a 2012 session.

The FBI confirmed it had received the letter but indicated it was not immediately pursuing the allegations.

Ford initially sought to keep her identity private. In late July, Ford sent a letter through Eshoo's office to Sen.

Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate who is undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination and a key vote in the narrowly divided Senate, held an hour-long phone call with the nominee on Friday.

In the interview, Ford said that the lasting trauma from the attack had "derailed me substantially for four or five years", and had caused anxiety for years after that.

However, Jones' statement was before Ford came out as Kavanaugh's accuser. "Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced".

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

A woman is accusing Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were high schoolers in the early 1980s, and she relayed the claim in a letter to Democratic Sen.

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As it stands now, this is simply an attempt to smear a man who had an impeccable reputation in high school.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate Judiciary Committee "must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated".

Earlier this week Mr Kavanaugh strenuously denied the accusations.

As Ford describes the attack, another student was in the room at the time, Kavanaugh's classmate Mark Judge.

Brett Kavanaugh will more than likely be our next Supreme Court Justice, despite obvious proof that he is unqualified and will work to dismantle civil liberties.

President Donald Trump and his White House aides might decide to pull the nomination and send up a similarly conservative nominee from Trump's list of two dozen potential high court nominees that have been vetted by influential conservative groups. Sources told NPR that the California senator felt pressure to put something out publicly after a report indicated she had not briefed fellow members of the panel on a document. Dianne Feinstein became public over the past week, she made a decision to go ahead and speak out herself, Sunday's report said.

Reporters, Ford said, had begun to make contact with her after the anonymous description emerged.

The person "declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision", Feinstein said. She said she now feels like her "civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation".

During her appearance, Waters also called the ongoing allegations and the battle in the Senate over them a "most unfortunate situation".

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