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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Faces Allegations Of Sexual Assault

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An as-yet unidentified woman is making accusations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, alleging that he sexually assaulted her as a high school student in the early 1980s.

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, explained that she was shaken by the prospects that Kavanaugh could be seated on the High Court. She contemplated coming forward with her story after his nomination was announced, eventually deciding to write a letter to her member of Congress, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who in turn forwarded it to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein turned the information over to the FBI earlier this week. She did not elaborate at the time what the letter entailed, simply stating it involved Kavanaugh.

According to the woman’s accounts, she and Kavanaugh had attended separate high schools near Bethesda, Maryland, in the early 1980s. They had met at a party, where she alleged the assault took place. Kavanaugh and his friends had been drinking at the party, the woman said.

Kavanaugh, according to the woman, had held her down and tried to force her to have sexual contact with him. When she started to yell out, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s turned the volume up on a music player in the room to help silence her protestations. Kavanaugh also tried to cover her mouth with his hand, the woman said.

The woman was able to escape, she added. She ended up seeking psychological treatment after the attack.

Kavanaugh, in a statement addressing the accusations, denied the incident ever took place. “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said.

Before the allegations came forward, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination had been scheduled for Thursday, September 20.

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