In the letter, the now-51-year-old professor at Palo Alto University in California describes an incident between her and Kavanaugh when the pair were in high school. In her letter, she said she wanted her allegation to be kept confidential, but she said she has made a decision to finally speak publicly amid heightened media scrutiny, diminishing privacy, and falsehoods about her story.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the Committee "must postpone the vote until these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated".
Ford had contacted the Post through a tip line in early July after it had become clear that Kavanaugh was on Trump's shortlist to fill a vacancy but before the Republican president nominated him.
"I have received medical treatment regarding the assault", she writes at the end. "He is buoyed by the immediate outpouring of support from lifelong friends, including 65 women who knew him in high school and signed a letter on Thursday attesting to his character after initial news reports of the allegation".
Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called for the delay shortly after The Washington Post published a story naming the woman who says that Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when they were both teenagers.
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Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the allegation. When they were first reported last week, anonymously and in much vaguer terms, I didn't think they amounted to much. She passed a polygraph test about the allegations at the advice of her lawyer in August. While his friend watched, the woman said, Kavanaugh pinned her down, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. She said she just wanted to send her allegation to her member of Congress and sit back.
At some point in the night, Ford told the Post, she got up to use the bathroom. "Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a almost two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn't share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions". "A vote on Kavanaugh's nomination must be delayed until there is a thorough investigation", Sen. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", Kavanaugh said through the White House.
Ford's husband told the Post that she used Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions and anxious he would be nominated to the Supreme Court.
Ford's story is enough for at least one Republican senator who had been counted as a "yes" on Kavanaugh to call for a pause on his nomination, which was expected to sail through the Republican-controlled Senate in the next few weeks. There were four boys at the party, she said, but only two were in the room.
The woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has not come forward publicly.
"If she does want to be heard, she should do so promptly", Corker said. "Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?" she said.
Blasey spoke to The Washington Post in an exclusive report about the event in question: more specifically, a summer evening in the 1980s in which Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" and assaulted her in a bedroom at a party.