US nominee Kavanaugh's accuser willing to testify: lawyer

Woman Accusing Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct Comes Forward

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Feinstein issued a statement on Sunday afternoon in support of Ford and calling for the FBI to investigate the matter before the Senate advances Kavanaugh's nomination.

Sen. Diane Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, defended her decision to withhold Ford's accusations in her own statement, released on Sunday afternoon.

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has already said that to push through a vote on Thursday would be an "insult" to American women. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Dick Durbin, who called on the FBI to "complete a professional investigation" of what he called "serious and credible allegations". She later presented her allegations in the form of a letter, which she sent through the office of her her representative in Congress, Democrat Ann Eshoo, to top Democrat, Sen.

In considering their options, Republicans largely settled on the view that Ms Ford's story alone was not enough to delay Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation. The statement also blasted Democrats' "tactics and motives" for bringing the allegations to light just days before the committee is set to vote.

Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University and trains graduate students in clinical psychology, according to the Post. She is willing to tell her story publicly, her lawyer, Debra Katz, said Monday on NBC's "Today" show.

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

In an interview with The Post, she reiterated and elaborated on the claims made in the letter sent to Feinstein and Eshoo, saying that Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and groped her over her clothes while attempting to undress her, as a friend of his watched. She said she yelled, hoping that someone downstairs would hear her over the music, and Kavanaugh clapped his hand over her mouth to silence her. In an article published in the Washington Poston Sunday, Ford said she felt it was her civic duty to tell her story. She told The Post that she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.

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The 11th-hour charge rocked the confirmation process for Kavanaugh, who had appeared headed for a successful vote for weeks.

"To railroad a vote now would be an insult of the women of America and the integrity of the Supreme Court".

In an interview with The Post, Ford's husband said the incident she described in 2012 was the same one that would eventually be outlined in her letter.

Blasey spoke to The Washington Post in an exclusive report about the event in question: more specifically, a summer evening in the 1980s in which Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" and assaulted her in a bedroom at a party.

Katz said Monday that Ford is not taking a position on whether Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration.

Dick Durbin of IL, the No 2 Democrat in the Senate, called on Saturday for the committee vote to be delayed, tweeting: "The American people deserve to know who Judge Kavanaugh is, but Republicans are trying to rush through this nomination while concealing critical parts of the nominee's record".

Kavanaugh denied the allegation "categorically and unequivocally" on Friday. "That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day", the letter states. Judge has denied that the incident happened.

Ford addresses Feinstein, her senator in California, to provide "information relevant in evaluating the current nominee to the Supreme Court".

She added, "We all know what she's going to have to withstand as a result of having come forward".

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