Woman comes forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

MSNBC panel slaps down Feinstein’s ‘cheap last minute trick’ against Kavanaugh

"I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation".

Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old professor who teaches clinical psychology at Palo Alto University, described an incident that she alleges happened during a small house party in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the summer of 1982.

According to her account, she escaped from Kavanaugh when his friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, "sending all three tumbling".

Ford said she kept silent about the alleged incident until she was in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012. Democrats have argued throughout that the process has been rushed, with documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the George W Bush White House withheld from congressional scrutiny.

Kavanaugh denies her allegations and, in a statement to the New Yorker, said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

The White House called Feinstein's move an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation".

The future Supreme Court nominee pinned Ms. Judge to a bed, groped her and grinded on top of her and tried to take off her bathing suit.

The FBI confirmed it had received the letter but indicated it was not immediately pursuing the allegations. "You're not going to be able to really test it, unless somebody comes forward with more information". The FBI said last week that it was made aware of the allegation on September 12 and included the material "as part of Judge Kavanaugh's file, as per the standard process".

Questions swirled on Thursday when Feinstein declined to explain what information she was provided about Kavanaugh that she chose to share with authorities.

In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee claiming Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when she worked with him at the Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In late July, she sent a letter to Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, her California congresswoman.

For several days, Feinstein declined requests for the woman's letter from other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, the New Yorker reported.

The office of Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has a statement reacting to the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault coming forward.

"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983". There would simply not be time for Trump to pick another nominee, and the Judiciary Committee to vet that person and hold another week-long confirmation hearing before any floor vote to confirm the replacement pick before Election Day. In closing, Judge Kavanaugh's nomination has raised issues about the truthfulness of his confirmation to become a judge on the D.C. Circuit.