The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Sen.
On Sunday, Feinstain said the FBI should investigate now that Ford has spoken to the Post. If the confirmation goes forward as planned, the vote to confirm Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee will take place on Thursday. The woman making the allegation attended a nearby school. He said he has not seen the letter and plans to seek more information about the timing of its release.
The magazine reported the allegation in the letter was "that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to hide the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand".
According to the Post, Ford is a professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University.
Working against Ford's claim is her admission that she didn't tell anyone about the alleged attack at the time.
The two, as well as several other friends, began drinking, although she said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, had started earlier than the group. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - who had the accusation since July - said nothing during any interview or hearing with Kavanaugh and never told her Democrat colleagues about the allegation.
"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation, I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he said in a statement. Judge, now an author and filmmaker, told The Weekly Standard last week that no such incident had occurred.
From Judge: "It's just absolutely nuts", he said. But it wasn't until 2012 that she revealed the incident to a therapist. The professor said she was being treated for long-term effects of the encounter which she described as a "rape attempt". The Post said it had reviewed the therapist's notes, which were provided by Ford.
Pressure on Republicans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation mounted, but it is unclear whether Ford's decision to go public would hold up a Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
When they change their story, to SUDDENLY RECALL more about the incident, yet still try to paint Ford as untruthful, remember where they started, remember that delta.
Feinstein won't disclose the information publicly, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed it has included it in Kavanaugh's background file at the committee, now available confidentially to all senators.
The FBI confirmed that it received the information Wednesday evening and included it in Kavanaugh's background file, which is maintained as part of his nomination. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", Kavanaugh said. And she urged critics of his accuser to stop "the attacks and stop shaming her".
The magazine says the woman sent a letter about the allegation to Democrats.
Feinstein had been criticized for not publicizing Ford's allegations, which Feinstein had previously learned of through a "third party", a spokesman said last week. The object here is to confirm a conservative jurist, not to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. Neither senator is on the Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote on a recommendation for the lifetime appointment.