Jeff Flake: Kavanaugh Accuser 'Must Be Heard'

She says she was anxious he might "inadvertently kill" her as he allegedly covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from screaming.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, a registered Democrat and research psychologist in northern California. But even supposing that Hill was telling the truth-which I do not-the most you could say, as Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch commented, is that Thomas talked dirty to her.

Several other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee also called to delay the vote on Sunday.

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

Kavanaugh, 53 and a federal appeals judge in Washington, on Sunday repeated an earlier denial of Ford's allegation.

In a lengthy interview-article with the Post, Christine Blasey Ford described the 1980s incident, which she says took place at a home in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland. She said she just wanted to send her allegation to her member of Congress and sit back.

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. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled from the house.

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One Judiciary Committee Republican, Jeff Flake of Arizona, told The Washington Post the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, "must be heard" before the panel's vote on the nomination, now scheduled for Thursday.

The therapist's notes say four boys were involved, but Ford says that was an error by the therapist.

Her husband Russell Ford said that in therapy sessions, his wife recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming.

Kavanaugh issued a statement last week on the matter. Republicans are aiming for full Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court term begins October 1.

What compounds the potential damage of this story is the clarity of Kavanaugh's response to the Post: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state.

"Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with (another teen, name redacted), who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh". Mr Judge denied that the incident happened. "I never saw Brett act that way", Mr. Judge told the Weekly Standard.

Two moderate Republican female senators who support abortion rights and are not on the Judiciary Committee, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have been under particular pressure not to back Kavanaugh, who is seen as a social conservative and if confirmed, is considered likely to tilt the top USA court even further to the right.

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Ford is a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University. Her work has been widely published in academic journals.

Katz continued to argue throughout the 90s that because Jones could not show that the harassment was "severe and pervasive", she did not have a case.

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.

The Post said Ford first contacted the paper in July, when Kavanaugh was on a shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins have been seen as possibly voting "no", though neither has put out a statement regarding the assault accusations.

Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Senator Chuck Grassley, the panel's 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 disclosure of Ford's identity and "the late addendum to the background file".

"For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect", the letter said. "That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day".

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