The confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was thrown into chaos Sunday when the woman accusing him of sexual assault back when they were teens came forward with her allegations.
The woman is Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, according to The Washington Post, which published her account yesterday. She said the alleged incident with Kavanaugh “derailed” her for years and rendered her “unable to have healthy relationships with men.”
Ford’s decision to go public capped a whirlwind series of events that began when Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent shockwaves through Washington by announcing she had sent the FBI information about Kavanaugh she received from an anonymous accuser in July. It also threatened to upend Kavanaugh’s confirmation, as top Democrats called for a full investigation.
Many Republicans immediately pushed back , saying it was “disturbing” that the decades-old allegations surfaced just days before the Judiciary Committee was set to vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Senate floor. Republicans have given no indication that they intend to delay Thursday’s key vote. However, Senate Judiciary Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Chairman Chuck Grassley was working to set up follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford in light of the Post report.