"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford said. After all, Hill's friend, administrative law judge Susan Hoerchner, had reportedly sprung a similar surprise on a fellow judge, with complete success, and it may well have been she who urged Hill to try the same tactic with Thomas.
"I think you look to judges to be the arbiters of right and wrong", he said. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who honored Ford's request for confidentiality but referred the matter to Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Senator Chuck Grassley, the panel's Republican chairman, was working to set up follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford before the committee's scheduled vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday, given the revelation of Ford's identity and "the late addendum to the background file".
Even after Feinstein sent the allegation to the FBI, Senate Democrats weren't littering the news with calls to denounce Kavanaugh. His opposition could stall the nomination, as Republicans have a 11-10 majority on the panel. The pressure to vote against Kavanaugh from female voters, who are already highly mobilized against Trump, might ramp up.
At least one Republican lawmaker, Sen.
Lindsey Graham of SC, said he's willing to hear from Ford provided that it's "done immediately" to keep the confirmation process on track.
Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation
In response to the Post story, the White House sent the same statement to press outlets including the Guardian. As it stands now, this is simply an attempt to smear a man who had an impeccable reputation in high school.
Grassley could invite Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday.
Unfortunately, this will probably be the same result for Kavanaugh. Progressives have mounted a furious bid ever since his nomination in July to derail him, but thus far, no Senate Republicans have indicated they will vote against his confirmation.
Sens. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.; and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., also called for the vote to be postponed.
A lawyer who's close to the White House told Politico the president is not considering withdrawing Kavanaugh's nomination. "Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him", she said. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". She says that both boys were "stumbling drunk" and that the friend watched as Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and clumsily tried to pull off her clothes.
She said she went home and didn't tell anyone until she and her husband were in couples therapy in 2012.
"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post. She said she was about 15 at the time while Kavanaugh was about 17. The notes also say four boys attacked her - but Ford insists this was the therapist's mistake.
A registered Democrat, Ford contacted Eshoo, her representative in Congress, around the same time.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority leader, also released a statement regarding Ford's accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, saying the vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, which is a lifetime appointment, should be delayed. She said that each person had one beer but that Kavanaugh and Judge had started drinking earlier and were heavily intoxicated. 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.
'Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?' she told the paper.