Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation

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With his pal watching, Kavanaugh grinded his body against hers and tried to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it, Ford told the paper. When she tried to scream, he put his hands over her mouth. "And I don't think it will happen", he said.

Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), a potentially key swing vote who has not announced whether he will support Kavanaugh's nomination, said he hopes to meet with the judge and intends to raise what he called the "very serious allegation" with him if they are able to speak.

"Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it", the Post wrote. The woman declined to be interviewed by the New Yorker.

Her husband Russell Ford said he recalled during the sessions that she did use Kavanaugh's last name "and voiced concern that Kavanaugh - then a federal judge - might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court".

Kavanaugh has said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the accusation.

In response to the Post story, the White House sent the same statement to press outlets including the Guardian.

In the meantime, 65 women who have known Kavanaugh since his high school years signed a letter addressed to both Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Feinstein affirming Kavanaugh's good character.

On Thursday, Feinstein said she had received "information" regarding Kavanaugh and has passed it on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Jones predicted that Kavanaugh's nomination would move forward, unless further information is revealed.

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The data would tend to suggest not, but that's only if you believe that men and women behave the same on court. The problem, essentially, is that there are too many folks in charge and too many different sets of rules.

Ford's decision to break her silence will add to the pressure for delay.

Republicans hold a 51-to-49 Senate advantage over Democrats.

Kavanaugh's nomination has divided the Senate, and the new information complicates the process, especially as key Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are under enormous pressure from outside groups seeking to sway their votes on grounds that a Justice Kavanaugh might vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling.

She said she managed to flee when Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, jumped on top of them - allowing her to lock herself in a bathroom before running out of the house.

She gave portions of the therapist's notes to The Post.

According to the Post, Ford is now a professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University, training graduate students in clinical psychology.

Reporters, Ford said, had begun to make contact with her after the anonymous description emerged. 'Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation'.

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