Woman comes forward to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

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Democrats surely were hoping the letter would prompt a federal inquiry and stall Kavanaugh's confirmation until after the midterm elections, when they hope to take over the Senate. She says that he pinned her to the bed and groped her while trying to take her clothes off, and when she tried to yell he put a hand over her mouth.

Ford, a college professor from California, has a horrifying tale to tell about Kavanaugh, according to the Post's report.

Until now, Kavanaugh has been widely viewed as on a glide path toward confirmation, and it is unclear whether Ford's account will change that.

"Maybe she did not understand what she should do with confidential information, and while I'm not absolutely criticizing her on that, if I'd had that information, I think that I would have treated it differently", Waters said.

Kavanaugh's appointment would tilt the nine-justice panel firmly to the right.

But her story leaked as it was reported Feinstein had the letter and was refusing to share it with her Democratic colleagues. "But a process of verification is also necessary", Hatch said.

But now Ford's decision to put her name behind the accusations - made after weeks of reluctance - will nearly certainly intensify the push by Democrats to delay Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation vote. "Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new "information" about him", White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement. "Nothing. Zero. Nada. Zilch".

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". Neither Kavanaugh nor the White House offered the Post further comment.

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Questions swirled on Thursday when Feinstein declined to explain what information she was provided about Kavanaugh that she made a decision to share with authorities.

Ford's decision to break her silence will add to the pressure for delay. Feinstein issued a Sunday statement calling for just that. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS and Deb Fischer of Nebraska. The woman making the allegation attended a nearby school.

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.

She said she was finally able to escape when another of Kavanaugh's classmates at his prestigious private school, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, whereupon all three were sent tumbling and she was able to escape the room, first locking herself in a bathroom briefly before fleeing the house.

In the interview, Ford says she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy.

She gave portions of the therapist's notes to The Post. Mr Kavanaugh and his friend were both drunk, she says.

In this regard, it's fair to note that Ford is a registered Democrat and a past contributor to some Democratic candidates. 'Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation'.