Another update, this time from The New Yorker:
The woman, who has asked not to be identified, first approached Democratic lawmakers in July, shortly after Trump nominated Kavanaugh. The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school. In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.
So The New Yorker has details that the woman claims that she was the victim of an attempted rape.
She went to Democratic legislators with this information. I guess that is slightly better than going to the press with it.
In a statement, Kavanaugh said, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Now we have a 35 year old “he said/she said.” This is going to suck.
Kavanaugh’s classmate said of the woman’s allegation, “I have no recollection of that.”
But he’s Kavanaugh’s friend, of course he’s going to lie for his buddy [sarc].
The woman declined a request for an interview.
That’s a hell of a thing to accuse someone of and not agree to an interview over.
In recent months, the woman had told friends that Kavanaugh’s nomination had revived the pain of the memory, and that she was grappling with whether to go public with her story. She contacted her congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, a Democrat, sending her a letter describing her allegation. (When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Eshoo’s office cited a confidentiality policy regarding constituent services and declined to comment further on the matter.)
The letter was also sent to the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. As the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein was preparing to lead Democratic questioning of Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing weeks later. The woman contacted Feinstein’s office directly, according to multiple sources.
After the interactions with Eshoo’s and Feinstein’s offices, the woman decided not to speak about the matter publicly. She had repeatedly reported the allegation to members of Congress and, watching Kavanaugh move toward what looked like an increasingly assured confirmation, she decided to end her effort to come forward, a source close to the woman said.
This is just getting weirder and weirder.
Sources familiar with Feinstein’s decision suggested that she was acting out of concern for the privacy of the accuser, knowing that the woman would be subject to fierce partisan attacks if she came forward. Feinstein also acted out of a sense that Democrats would be better off focussing on legal, rather than personal, issues in their questioning of Kavanaugh.
That is the biggest load of horseshit. Senator Hirono has been asking the same question of judges for a year now, why not leak this letter to her for her to challenge him with during the confirmation hearing?
They have no legal issues. This has been nothing but personal attacks on his beliefs. Feinstein has no room to take the moral high ground.
Sources who worked for other members of the Judiciary Committee said that they respected the need to protect the woman’s privacy, but that they didn’t understand why Feinstein had resisted answering legitimate questions about the allegation. “We couldn’t understand what their rationale is for not briefing members on this. This is all very weird,” one of the congressional sources said. Another added, “She’s had the letter since late July. And we all just found out about it.”
I bet Feinstein didn’t even believe the letter. Now it’s an 11th hour tactic. They could have spent months before his hearing hammering Kavanaugh with #MeToo in the media but they didn’t. Why? That seems like a very Democrat thing to do.
This whole thing is bizarre. Not one media source has been able to confirm another source.
Kavanaugh denies the allegation. His buddy backs him up on that. The woman won’t submit to public questioning and has dropped the whole thing. There is no evidence of other instances like this or a history of other allegations. Clinton, Weinstein, Spacey, every man taken down has had a history of multiple similar acts. I’ve never seen one public figure that has had a single accusation of a single act over a lifetime.
This gets more bizarre by the minute.
I have no idea what to make of it.