Letter Claims Attempted Assault by a Teenage Brett Kavanaugh
WASHINGTON — A secretive letter shared with authorities by the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee charges which a teenage Brett M. Kavanaugh as well as a male friend trapped a teenage girl in a bedroom during a party as well as tried to assault her, according to three people familiar with the contents of the letter.
According to the letter, Mr. Kavanaugh, then a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in suburban Washington as well as today President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, had been drinking at a social gathering when he as well as the male friend took the teenage girl into a bedroom. The door was locked, as well as she was thrown on the bed, the letter says. Mr. Kavanaugh then got on top of the teenager as well as put a hand over her mouth, as well as music was turned up, according to the account.
yet the young woman was able to extricate herself as well as leave the room before anything else occurred, the letter says.
The woman considered the incident an assault. She has declined to be publicly identified, as well as asked Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, not to publicize the letter.
The episode took place more than 30 years ago, when all three individuals involved were minors. The brand-new York Times has not seen the letter, yet its contents were described by the three people.
In a statement shared by the White House, Mr. Kavanaugh said the charges were false.
“I categorically as well as unequivocally deny which allegation,” he said. “I did not do which back in high school or at any time.”
As of Friday morning, senators were still planning to move ahead with Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The Judiciary Committee is usually scheduled to hold a key vote to advance the nomination next Thursday, as well as Republican leaders expect to hold a final vote of the full Senate before the end of September to allow Mr. Kavanaugh to be seated before the start of the Supreme Court’s fall term.
On Thursday, the White House all yet accused Democrats of playing dirty, withholding mysterious information until the eve of Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation in a last-ditch effort to derail a nominee they have always opposed.
“Senator Schumer promised to ‘oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have,’ as well as the idea appears he is usually delivering with which 11th-hour attempt to delay his confirmation,” said Kerri Kupec, a White House spokeswoman, referring to the top Senate Democrat, Chuck Schumer. Aides to Mr. Schumer said he had not seen the letter.
The letter arrived on Capitol Hill in July, first to the office of Representative Anna Eshoo, Democrat of California. Ms. Eshoo ultimately shared the idea with Ms. Feinstein, who had held close its contents until Wednesday, when swirling rumors on Capitol Hill as well as from the news media persuaded her to share its contents — yet not the letter itself — with fellow Democratic senators on the committee.
Several of those senators advised Ms. Feinstein to at least share the letter with law enforcement authorities, as well as on Thursday she announced in a cryptic statement which she had sent “information via an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court” to the authorities.
The F.B.I. has not opened a criminal investigation into the matter, yet added the letter to Judge Kavanaugh’s background file. which updated file was shared with the White House on Thursday as well as then sent to Capitol Hill, where the idea will be kept from the office of Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee.