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Trump Plans To Attack Credibility Of Kavanaugh’s Accuser



President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is facing serious allegations of sexual assault. It may derail his chances of confirmation.

The woman who wrote a letter detailing an alleged incident of sexual assault involving her and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has come forward, identified herself, and explained through her lawyer this week that she’s willing to discuss it openly with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Christine Blasey Ford came forward over the weekend, identifying herself as the woman who wrote a letter to the committee earlier this summer that detailed Kavanaugh’s actions against her in the 1980s. Both she and Kavanaugh were teenagers when the incident occurred — she was 15 and he was 17.

“My client will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the Senate Judiciary Committee has the full story and the full set of allegations to allow them to make a fully informed decision,” Debra Katz, Ford’s attorney, said. “She’s willing to do what she needs to do.”

Ford had originally sent the letter to her Congressional representative, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), back when Kavanaugh was on the short list of contenders to replace outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy. Eshoo recently forwarded the letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, who in turn forwarded it to the FBI.

In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Ford expanded upon her allegations. She and Kavanaugh had met in the early 1980s at a friend’s house for a group gathering. Kavanaugh and another friend had forced her into a bedroom, she said, where Kavanaugh held her down and groped her over her clothing, at one point trying to forcibly remove the swimsuit she was wearing.

When Ford tried to scream for help, she said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. His friend also turned up the volume on a music player to make it harder for others to hear.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said.

Ford, a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in California, said the incident stayed with her for many years after it had happened. She detailed it in 2012 during couples therapy, a claim that was corroborated by her psychologists’ notes that were taken at the time.

Ford also answered questions related to the alleged incident while undergoing a polygraph (or lie detector) test. She passed the test, indicating she’s likely telling the truth, although such tests are not permissible in courtroom settings.

Although she has provided details of the incident, including passing the polygraph test and notes from her therapy sessions, the White House intends to pressure Ford over the matter, Politico reported over the weekend. At least three sources from within the administration said that Trump himself would personally attack Ford’s claims (and perhaps her credibility) rather than consider withdrawing the nomination of Kavanaugh.

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