Accuser of nominee Brett Kavanaugh goes public

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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.

On Sunday, the Post identified Kavanaugh's accuser as Christine Blasey Ford, 51, a research psychologist in northern California.

Mrs Ford told the Post she chose to go public as her privacy was "being chipped away".

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa is working to set up bipartisan staff conversations with Kavanaugh and Ford before Thursday's committee vote on the nomination, Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy said in an e-mail Sunday evening.

"My biggest fear was, do I look like someone just attacked me?" she said.

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.

Mr Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ms Ford attended a nearby school.

Kavanaugh's accuser went public with allegations on Sunday, but Feinstein received a letter with the claims in July. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me."-Professor Ford about -Kavanaugh assault".

The Telegraph contacted the White House for comment on Ms Ford's claims, but had no response at the time of going to press.

The allegation puts heavy pressure on moderate senators who must decide whether to vote for Kavanaugh at the risk of angering the "Me Too" movement.

A person familiar with Ford's story said that at around the time she sent Eshoo the letter, Ford discussed with friends how she might go public with her story. Ford also took a polygraph test, administered by a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, on the advice of her attorney in early August, the paper said.

She said Mr Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it.

Ford's husband, Russell Ford, also told the newspaper that his wife described during therapy being trapped in a room with two drunken boys and that one of them had pinned her to a bed, molested her and tried to prevent from screaming.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, also a Judiciary Committee member, said that if Ford wants to provide information to the committee, "I would gladly listen to what she has to say".

The Judiciary Committee is now due to vote on the nomination on September 20. Kavanaugh has denied it. We know that Kavanaugh's corroborating witness (conservative author Mark Judge) has written a memoir - helpfully titled Wasted: Tales of a GenEx Drunk - in which he describes frequently suffering from alcohol-induced blackouts as a teenager.

The report adds that Ford told no one of the incident in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband.

The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appeared nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite Christine Blasey Ford's account in The Washington Post. She said she had spoken to Kavanaugh about the matter on the phone and he was emphatic in his denial.

But Doug Jones of Alabama says there's time for lawmakers to investigate. He also linked to testimonials about Kavanaugh's "impeccable character" and respect for women. The test concluded she was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations was accurate.