Dozens of women have signed a letter defending the Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman when he was 17 years old.
Kavanaugh has flatly denied the explosive accusations, which Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein handed over to the FBI this week, which kept the woman at bay, covered her mouth and tried to force herself sexually on her.
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FBI Request: Diane Feinstein has sent a letter she received to the Department of Justice. He reportedly referred to the behavior of Brett Kavanuagh's high school
The Republicans of the Judiciary Committee quickly launched a glowing open letter from 65 women who met Kavanaugh during his high school years and support him
One of the people signing the letter, former Republican Party spokeswoman Virginia Hume, said on Twitter on Twitter that he knew nothing about the letter until the night before.
"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for over 35 years and met him while attending high school between 1979 and 1983. During all the time we have met Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect, "the letter read. "We firmly believe that it is important to transmit this information to the Committee at this time."
The women say they met Kavanaugh through "social events, sports, churches and other activities" while at Georgetown High School, and since then they have remained friends. "
"During all the time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect," they wrote.
"During the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character and integrity, in particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect." That was true when he was in high school, and He has remained faithful to this day. "
The women added that they represented a "wide range of political views."
"Many of us are not lawyers, but we know Brett Kavanaugh as a person, and he has always been a good person," they wrote in the letter, published on Friday.
Brettt Kavanaugh (right, in his high school yearbook), now a 53-year-old Supreme Court nominee, was 17 years old at the time a woman alleges she tried to force herself on her sexually, a accusation that denies categorically
Kavanaugh graduated in 1983 from Georgetown Prep, a Catholic school for children in the suburbs of Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
A signer, former Republican Party spokeswoman Virginia Hume, said on Twitter that she was asked to sign on Thursday.
Responding to the Democrats who speculated that the Republicans knew that the accusation would come to the surface and had prepared for it weeks before, Hume tweeted: This is absurd. I signed the letter. I found out last night.
Kavanaugh, a native of Washington, attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a Catholic institution for children across the border from Maryland. The first judge of Trump's Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, went to the same elite institution.
The New Yorker reported that the woman had attended a nearby high school.
The alleged teen incident was described in a letter from the unidentified woman to Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, her California congressman. Eshoo passed it to Feinstein, the highest ranking Democrat in the rancorous Senate Judiciary Committee weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.
In a statement, Kavanaugh told The New Yorker: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this accusation. I did not do this in high school or at any time & # 39;
The classmate said about the accusation: "I do not remember any of that." The woman rejected the New Yorker interview request.
The details, however, are fascinating. The woman states in her letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate, who had been drinking, turned up the volume of the music in the room so that their shouts of protest would not be heard outside. When telling the story, he managed to escape from the room.
It was reported that the unidentified woman retained Debra Katz, a prominent Washington lawyer D.C. involved in the #MeToo movement.
Donald Trump turned Kavanaugh into his second Supreme Court nominee, opening his life to the intense scrutiny of Democrats who want to hamper the president's chances of tilting the court politically to the right
She also says that the memory of the incident led her to seek psychological treatment.
Kavanaugh's high school yearbook included pictures of him playing basketball, a sport he now trains in his spare time, and a panel of thanks and appointments.
One, from "Richard Franklin's Almanac of the Poor," says: "He who would live quietly and peacefully, should not speak everything he knows or judge everything he sees."
Kavanaugh would later become a secretary of a Supreme Court judge, serve as secretary of the White House staff of President George W. Bush and obtain an appointment as a judge in federal banking.
The FBI refused to investigate Feinstein's material, which he has had since the summer and whose release appears to have been scheduled for maximum impact.
Senators will vote soon if Judge Kavanaugh will become Judge Kavanaugh. Republicans in the Judiciary Committee want him seated in the Supreme Court when his next term begins on October 1.
Speculation about sexual misconduct The September surprise was rampant after it was seen by Debra Katz, a lawyer in Washington, DC, best known for representing women who make accusations # MeToo style # 39; against powerful men, who leaves the Capitol.
Kavanaugh, who now trains women's basketball, was captain of her high school team team (front, center)
The Georgetown Prep yearbook showed a teenager Kavanaugh pulling hoops in his last high school basketball game
The page of Kavanaugh's yearbook included these tributes, preceded by a quotation from Benjamin Franklin in 1736 & # 39; Poor Richard & # 39; s Almanack & # 39;
Multiple reports said he represented the unidentified woman, who would probably now be 53 years old. Katz has not responded to requests for comment.
Feinstein is a liberal Democrat from California who has asked her colleagues to slow down towards the confirmation of President Donald Trump's election to succeed Judge Anthony Kennedy.
The Washington Post reported Thursday night that the FBI delivered the senator's material to the White House instead of opening an investigation, and considered it an update to his background file.
"When we received the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background file, according to the standard process," an FBI official told the Post.
Feinstein, with tight lips, had published a cryptic statement in which he said that the woman who provided the information about Kavanaugh requested confidentiality, refused to give her opinion or insist on the matter, and I honored that decision & # 39;
Buzzfeed said Thursday she believes she knows who Kavanaugh's potential accuser is, and has done so for at least a week, but has not been able to contact her to confirm it.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn scoffed at the idea of a legitimate bomb that could sink Kavanaugh
A White House spokeswoman complained Thursday about the time of the vague and diaphanous revelation.
"It was not until the eve of his confirmation that Senator Feinstein or someone raised the ghost of new & # 39; information & # 39; about him," said Kerri Kupec.
The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, said, he had "promised" to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, "and it seems he is fulfilling this 11-hour attempt to delay his confirmation."
Kupec added that the FBI had already thoroughly and repeatedly investigated Judge Kavanaugh, dating from 1993, for some of the most sensitive roles.
The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told reporters in front of the Senate courtroom that he had not seen the letter that Feinstein is guarding.
"All I know is what I read, and I would not judge it until I get more information," Grassley said.
Republican committee mate John Cornyn of Texas reacted with a digital twist.
Let me make this clear: this is a statement about a secret letter about a secret matter and an unidentified person. Well, Cornyn tweeted.
"Let me see this": Cornyn was not sure what appeared to be the content of Feinstein's letter.
Cornyn also noted that the FBI had already cleared Kavanaugh and that the Democrats on the committee had their report
In a second tweet, he added that "the FBI has already acted and reported on a background check on the nominee and this has been made available to all senators on the Judiciary Committee."
Feinstein received his information in an indirect way. The Intercept reported Wednesday night that the alleged incident was described by someone affiliated with Stanford University, who then wrote to Democratic Rep. Ana Eshoo, who represents the area.
Eshoo passed the letter to Feinstein, but none of the legislators will describe what it contains. The Eshoo office says it is considered part of a case of active and confidential service.
Feinstein is watching him closely, refusing to share it even with his colleagues in the Democratic Judiciary Committee.
She complained Thursday during a committee meeting that Republicans were rushing to participate in a "hurry to judge" as they moved to close Kavanaugh's file before its full contents could be examined.
The Republicans have already provided the Democrats with an avalanche of documents, including tens of thousands of their time as secretary of the White House of George W. Bush.
"What in the records of Judge Kavanaugh are the Republicans hiding?" Feinstein exclaimed.