The mystery woman behind the letter Dianne Feinstein turned over to the F.B.I. is no longer anonymous.
In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, reveals that the story became public without her consent, then provides details the incident that happened more than thirty years ago.
She accuses the SCOTUS nominee of sexual assault, claiming that a drunk Kavanaugh and a friend “corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.”
She also told the paper she feared for her life, saying she thought he might kill her because she wouldn’t cooperate.
Ford also says she told a therapist the same story in 2012 when attending couples counseling with her husband. It was the first time she’d spoken to anyone about the event and expressed concern that he might someday become a federal judge but didn’t think telling her story publicly would do any good.
After consulting with a lawyer in August, Ford took a polygraph test administered by a former F.B.I. agent as a means of proving she isn’t lying about her story.
The White House has not commented on the Post’s story and Kavanaugh’s only statement has been, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Another letter was released earlier in the week but this one was from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school where they say he “stood out for his friendship, character and integrity.”
Someone is lying. The timing is odd for BOTH letters – in the case of Ford, why wait until now? She could have easily stopped him from getting to this point in his career if there is any merit to her accusations. It’s also odd that a letter from 65 different women was so conveniently ready to go so quickly after the first letter.
The bigger question though, is does this incident – if it’s true – have any bearing on Kavanaugh’s ability and qualifications to serve on the Supreme Court?