Publicado: Вт, Сентября 18, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

I fear retaliation over sex assault claim, says Trump judge accuser

I fear retaliation over sex assault claim, says Trump judge accuser

After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school.

Ford's husband, Russell Ford, told The Post that in their 2012 therapy sessions, she recounted the attack and that she used Kavanaugh's last name and voiced concern that he might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court. Ford sent her letter to Feinstein - the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee - in July via the office of her local Rep. Anna Eshoo, according to the Post.

But Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a committee member, told The Washington Post and Politico in interviews Sunday that he's "not comfortable" voting for Kavanaugh until he learns more about the allegation. And the joy will be so much greater knowing that any and all objections to his confirmation, whether serious or spurious, were thoroughly raised, reviewed, and refuted, convincingly and completely. Dianne Feinstein received a letter, which detailed the incident. That growing backlash against men facing claims of sexually abusing women has already forced the resignations of top executives and some lawmakers.

Republicans are trying to push the nomination through before the midterm elections in November, when their slim 51-49 hold over the Senate will be at risk. The victim did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

Even after Feinstein sent the allegation to the FBI, Senate Democrats weren't littering the news with calls to denounce Kavanaugh. The letter was circulated by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. But he said that should be done immediately, "so the process can continue as scheduled".

The Post reported Christine Blasey Ford had contacted its tip line in early July, before President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh as the nominee to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. And whether or not such additional evidence is produced, there is no chance that Kavanaugh will be charged with a crime, since the statute of limitations has long expired, and he was a minor at the time of the incident.

Despite the allegations, Thomas was ultimately confirmed on a 52-48 vote, and he still serves on the bench.

It's also a significant challenge for Republicans who are struggling to win suburban women's votes in the November 6 election that will decide control of both houses of Congress.

As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens.

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It's not surprising that Kavanaugh opponents want a full investigation into Ford's allegations. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", Ms Feinstein said.

While his friend watched, Ford said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes.

"With Kavanaugh's hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me", she writes, echoing a statement she made to the Post.

"I believe Christine Blasey Ford and so should every U.S Senator", Chelsea Handler tweeted.

Ms Ford, now a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said she was able to get away after a friend of Mr Kavanaugh's, who was in the room, intervened.

Mrs Ford said she spoke of the alleged attack a couple of times over the subsequent decades.

Democrats yesterday called for Kavanaugh's nomination to be halted until Ford's allegation can be investigated.

Kavanaugh, 53 and a federal appeals judge in Washington, on Sunday repeated an earlier denial of Ford's allegation. She tapped progressive Washington attorney Debra Katz, known for her work with #MeToo accusers, to represent her following her decision to go public.

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