Brett Kavanaugh appeared to be a sure confirmation, likely this week; until U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) presented claims that Kavanaugh may have abused a young woman at a pool party in the 1980s when both Kavanaugh and his accuser were teens.
Friday, the ‘New Yorker’ published a piece about how Senate Democrats referred a complaint from a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they both were in high school, to the FBI.
Following the news, Shaunna Thomas, the Executive Director and Co-founder of UltraViolet, a leading national women’s group, issued a statement, calling on Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination for the Supreme Court.
“The accusations against Brett Kavanaugh are serious, troubling, and totally disqualifying,” Shaunna Thomas said. “He should withdraw his nomination immediately. Violence against women should have no place in our society and it certainly should have no place on the highest court in the nation.”
UltraViolet and the left were already opposing Kavanaugh.
“With news that the Senate will begin confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in early September, the time is now for Democrats to unite and oppose his nomination,” Thomas wrote on August 10. “Any Senator who votes for Kavanaugh is voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, criminalize abortion, punish millions of women and cement the worst policies of the Trump Administration into law for a lifetime. A vote for Kavanaugh is a vote against women and against the rights and freedoms of millions of Americans. If Democrats cannot find the courage to oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, why should voters trust them this November?”
Christine Blasey Ford is now a professor at Palo Alto University in California.
She has accused Kavanaugh of holding her down on a bed and groping her at a house party in Maryland in the early 80’s when Kavanaugh was 17 and Ford was 15. Both were minors at the time. Ford says that Kavanaugh has been drinking.
Ford said that she thought Kavanaugh was going to “inadvertently” kill her, claiming, “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford says that the assault was stopped by Mark Judge who intervened and jumped on top of them.
Judge has completely denied that the incident ever took place. Kavanaugh also denies that the incident ever occurred. Ford did not report any of this to authorities at the time.
Sen. Feinstein has known about the allegations but hid it until last week from the public and the rest of the Senate.
Ford has donated to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), signed a letter attacking Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, asserting that it was “violating fundamental human rights”, and attended a women’s march protesting against President Donald J. Trump (R).
Kavanaugh is Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh are both expected to testify about the alleged incident at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Republicans have compared the allegations to the unsubstantiated allegations levied against Clarence Thomas when he was nominated to the Supreme Court and those levied against Roy Moore last year when he was running for the Senate.