Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor, brought forth stunning accusations during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. She claimed he sexually assaulted her decades ago during a party while both were high school students in Maryland’s D.C. suburbs.
She had written California Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Dianne Feinstein outlining the allegations after Kavanaugh was nominated.
She would later testify before the Senate Judiciary once her allegations became known.
‘I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget,’ she told the Senate Judiciary Committee. ‘They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.’
Blasey Ford, who attended an all girls private school, said she and friends sometimes socialized with friends from other nearby private boy’s schools, and that she was friendly with a classmate of Kavanaugh’s.
She said she attended a small gathering at a house she does not remember, that she drank one beer that night, and that Kavanaugh and his friend mark were ‘visibly drunk.’
She testified that she went upstairs to use a bathroom, and that she was ‘pushed from behind’ into a bedroom. She said Kavnaaugh and his friend Mark [Judge] came in and locked the door behind them.
‘I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me,’ she told the Senate. ‘He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me. I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy.’
She said Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take her clothes off. ‘I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming.’
Ultimately, she said she was able to get away and lock herself in a bathroom, at which point the two young men left the room. She says she was later able to walk downstairs and leave the house.
Kavanaugh furiously denied the allegations. He then faced a series of questions about past drinking, and acknowledged to senators that he drank beer. ‘I drank beer with my friends’ he said in a statement. ‘Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer.’ He said he never assaulted anyone.
Blasey Ford’s accusations threatened to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Donald Trump to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the high court.
Republicans agreed to a week-long delay for the FBI to investigate the allegations, which President Trump ordered it to carry out. They did so after GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) aligned with Democrats on the subject.
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the panel chair, said it would be to probe ‘current credible allegations’ against Kavanaugh. It was not a full-on probe with subpoena power. Instead, the FBI conducted what was known as one of its ‘special presidential inquiries, which usually involve voluntary in-person interviews with a subject and witnesses. The probe into the allegations was not a criminal investigation.
The FBI reached out to a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who claims Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a drunken party at a Yale University dormitory when they were undergraduates. But she said the FBI did not follow up on names she provided.
Mark Judge, who Blasey Ford says was in the room with Kavanaugh during the alleged assault, said he had no memory of the events she described and denied the allegations.
Kavanaugh furnished high school calendars to establish he never sexually assaulted Blasey Ford when he was a student at Georgetown Prep school. It showed a packed schedule with summer camp and beach trips. One entry said: ‘Go to Timmy’s for skis w/ Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi,’ with a reference to beers and some of the people Blasey Ford identified knowing.