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GOP lawmakers demand 'immediate' ethics probe into leak of Ford's Kavanaugh letter

FOX News

FBI faces Friday deadline to complete investigation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh; reaction and analysis from the'Special Report' All-Stars. A group of Republican congressmen on Wednesday demanded an immediate House and Senate ethics investigation into Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo and Sen. Dianne Feinstein's "mishandling" of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's letter that first revealed her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, and several other lawmakers penned a letter Wednesday to both the House and Senate Ethics Committees requesting an immediate probe to "identify the individuals" who shared Ford's July 30 letter accusing Kavanaugh of pinning her down and trying to remove her clothing at a high school party 36 years ago. "This sensitive document was leaked to the media without Dr. Ford's consent while it was hidden from the majority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Who is Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct?

FOX News

Christine Blasey Ford has publicly accused Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago. A look at what she is saying and how top lawmakers are responding. Just days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation, Christine Blasey Ford publicly came forward to accuse the federal appeals judge of sexual assault decades ago. The sexual assault allegation first came to light in the form of a letter obtained by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who sent shockwaves through Washington when she announced last week she forwarded it to the FBI. Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with deciding whether to formally recommend a Supreme Court nominee to the full Senate for a vote.


Brett Kavanaugh 'sexual assault victim' speaks out

BBC News

The woman alleging she was sexually assaulted by US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has identified herself in an interview with the Washington Post. Christine Blasey Ford says Mr Kavanaugh was drunk when he pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothing when they were both teenagers. Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations when they first surfaced last week. Top Democrat Dianne Feinstein called for his nomination to be put on hold. Christine Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, told the Post she had decided to go public as her privacy was "being chipped away".


Kavanaugh controversy: How we got here and what happens next

Al Jazeera

Washington, DC - In one of the most divisive political battles of President Donald Trump's presidency, US Republicans are moving forward with a risky showdown vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh following accusations that the judge sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when they were both teenagers. Kavanaugh, who has denied the allegations, had appeared to be on the fast-track towards being nominated until Ford's accusations came to light last month. Now, after a highly-emotional public hearing and an FBI probe, the judge's fate appears to unknown. Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9. According to sworn-testimony, Ford called her congressional representative three days before the nomination was announced, saying one of the candidates on the president's "short list" had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.


Our System Is Too Broken to Assess the Sexual Assault Claim Against Kavanaugh

Slate

This, then, was the fatal flaw of #MeToo: We thought that patriarchal systems, based in entrenched power, and supported by others in power, could be brought down by individual, brave women. Why don't women come forward? The story now unfolding on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and an unidentified woman who alleges that he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school underscores why. This is what we do know: The woman went to her congresswoman with a complaint about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, that dated back to high school. The complaint is that he and another boy violently assaulted (but did not rape) her at a party.