"I think you are going to see this nomination move forward", Jones said. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the nomination Thursday. If approved by the committee and the whole Senate, as expected, Kavanaugh is likely to decidedly tilt the court to the conservatives for years to come.
Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which handles Supreme Court nominations, penned an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday formalizing her opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination and briefly referencing her decision to share the letter's contents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Sexual assault, in high school, from an anonymous source?" "That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day". She tried to scream, but Kavanaugh covered her mouth to silence her, she told the Post.
Ford described the attack as taking place during the summer in the early 1980s, when Kavanaugh and a friend - both 'stumbling drunk, ' Ford charges - corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County. The woman declined to be interviewed by the New Yorker.
Kavanaugh was quickly defended by friends and acquaintances from the time who cast doubts on the alleged incident. Sixty-five women who knew him then and subsequently have issued a letter saying he has "always treated women with decency and respect".
"They've had this stuff for three months", he added.
Though it barely seemed possible, Democrats in Washington have hit a new low with their most-recent antics around Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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A separate report in the New York Times said people who described the letter told the publication that the woman "considered the incident an assault".
The swift pushback comes after the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, notified federal investigators about information she received on the nominee.
The FBI has since declined to open an investigation into the undisclosed allegations; forwarding the letter to the White House to be included in Kavanaugh's background check.
The White House had no additional comment.
Kavanaugh's nomination has divided the Senate, and the new information complicates the process, especially as key Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are under enormous pressure from outside groups seeking to sway their votes on grounds that a Justice Kavanaugh might vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling. She said a reporter from Buzzfeed approached her outside her college classroom and another reporter was calling her colleagues.
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.
Hill said Friday, "The reluctance of someone to come forward demonstrates that even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power".