Friday, September 14, 2018
A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress
The woman, who has asked not to be identified, first approached Democratic lawmakers in July, shortly after Trump nominated Kavanaugh. The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school. In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.
In a statement, Kavanaugh said, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
This from Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer at the New Yorker. It probably won't be enough to derail Kavanaugh's nomination. If he in fact did do this attempted rape, that would disqualify him, both politically and morally. Me, I don't believe it a bit, but then I don't really know the judge. But it will taint him somewhat even so, as a new Supreme Court Justice, and put the fear of not God, but the anti-God (the No-God, as one the fantasy novels I read puts it) I suppose, into him. Politics is so lovely.