White House is Planning an Attack on Kavanaugh Accuser, Christine Blasey Ford


President Donald Trump says "a little delay" may be needed on an upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The Washington Post on Sunday published a detailed account from Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University professor of psychology, who alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school.

Portions of her therapist's notes, which Ms Ford provided to the Post, did not mention Mr Kavanaugh by name but said Ms Ford reported being attacked by students "from an elitist boys' school" who went on to become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".

Katz started her own firm in Washington, D.C.in 1987, just a few years after her client now alleges Kavanaugh attacked her while intoxicated at a party in neighboring Montgomery County, Maryland.

Asked how Kavanaugh is doing since Ford went public with her story, a source close to Kavanaugh said the judge "remains steadfast in his denial and is determined not to let a single, unverified allegation overshadow his long judicial record and his lifetime of public service". Kavanaugh says he never did what the accuser describes "to her or anyone". She did not announce what the accusations against him are or who is making them.

Stressing that Mr Kavanaugh had already testified and undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: "I think you have to weigh this testimonial evidence from Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh along with the considerable body of evidence that is already there about the judge's temperament and qualifications and character".

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway said in an interview with Fox News.

Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer also called for a delay in the confirmation process while Ford's allegations are investigated.

A potential "no" vote from Flake would complicate the judge's prospects.

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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".

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That call has been echoed by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who sits in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Dr. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton", the letter says.

Those looking to how the public received Hill's accusations against Thomas in hopes that Kavanaugh will still prevail may see a good sign in that the percentage of Americans supporting his nomination did not drop after Hill's allegations and testimony. The hearings were re-opened to allow Hill to testify, and the optics were striking - an all-male panel of senators questioned her for days about the workplace harassment she said she faced. "They turned up the music very loudly and at some point Mark Judge jumped on the bed, they all toppled off, and she was able to escape", Banks told NPR. Today there are four women on the Senate Judiciary Committee and 23 in the Senate. Kavanaugh was attending Georgetown Preparatory School, a private school in North Bethesda, Md., at the time.

When Ford tried to scream, hoping someone downstairs would hear her, Kavanaugh clapped his hand over her mouth to silence her, she said.

Nearly the exact same series of events occurred in 1991, when law professor Anita Hill came forward to testify that then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when she was assisting Thomas at the Department of Education in 1981.

"I've been friends with Brett Kavanaugh for over 35 years, and dated him during high school", said one of the women, Maura Kane.