A California clinical psychology professor has come forward as the woman who wrote a letter to lawmakers recounting an incident in the early 1980s when she says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pinned her down and sexually assaulted her during a high school party. Ford provided the WaPo portions of the therapist's notes, which do not mention Kavanaugh's name but say she was attacked by students "from an elitist boys' school" who went on to become "highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington".
He told The New Yorker: 'I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation.
Ford told the Post she chose to come forward after watching portions of her story come out without her permission.
The accuser coming forward publicly could put new pressure on Senate Republicans to at least review the accusations before proceeding to a Judiciary Committee vote, which is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The Post's article included an interview with Ford's husband and her lawyer, Debra Katz, and described a therapist's notes from 2012 in which Ford told of the attack.
"In evaluating Kavanaugh's denials, we must take account of the fact that he has been dishonest about so much else", Norm Eisen, White House ethics czar under former President Barack Obama, said in a tweet. Mr Kavanaugh and his friend were both drunk, she says.
A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said when the letter was received from Feinstein it was incorporated into that file.
"But at this point, it's an anonymous letter, you're not going to be able to really test it unless somebody comes forward with more information", Jones said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Questions swirled on Thursday when Feinstein declined to explain what information she was provided about Kavanaugh that she chose to share with authorities.
Feinstein called a meeting on Wednesday at which she disclosed the contents of the letter to committee Democrats, but did not show the letter itself, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
The magazine says the woman sent a letter about the allegation to Democrats.
He said she used Kavanaugh's last name and voiced concern that he - then a federal judge - might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.
Senate Republicans on Friday released a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh during his high school years vouching for his character.
"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post.
In her Sunday op-ed, Feinstein accuses Kavanaugh of being overly ideological and references the sexual misconduct allegation. Ford said, adding that she recalled thinking: "I'm not ever telling anyone this". Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also said that at a minimum, the vote should be postponed until Ford's claims are investigated.
In response to the Post story, the White House sent the same statement to press outlets including the Guardian.