Brett Kavanaugh’s momentum to clear the Senate and be seated on the Supreme Court this fall hit a roadblock on Sunday.

Christine Blasey Ford identified herself as the woman who says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when he was a high school student. She previously shared her accusations with Democratic lawmakers via letter, and while she sought to remain anonymous, the existence of her letter leaked last Wednesday.

Ford, 51, told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh groped her, tried to pull off her clothes and covered her mouth when she tried to scream at a party in Maryland more than three decades ago. In a detailed account, she says she escaped when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.

Kavanaugh, the 53-year-old appellate court judge who days ago seemed all but certain to receive swift Senate confirmation, has denied Ford’s allegations. Mark Judge said he has “no recollection” of the incident Ford described, but his past writings and descriptions of alcohol and partying at Georgetown Prep are not helpful to his friend (The Daily Mail).

The Hill: The latest developments Monday morning in the Kavanaugh confirmation.

The Hill: Kavanaugh nomination in turmoil.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had been expected to vote Thursday to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate. On Sunday, White House and GOP aides said Kavanaugh would not withdraw his name, and said the committee would proceed as planned (Politico).

But the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked that this week’s vote be postponed. Her position is supported by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who also sought a delay until “these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated.” Other Democratic senators, women’s advocacy groups and progressives joined in.

And a few GOP senators did, too, including Tennessee’s retiring Sen. Bob Corker.

The Washington Post: Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), also retiring from the Senate, urges delay to hear from Ford.

The Hill: Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says he’s open to having Ford testify before the Judiciary Committee.

The Hill: Democrats call on the Senate to postpone the Judiciary Committee vote.

The Hill: Other Republicans questioned Democrats’ tactics in handling the accuser’s complaint letter.

CNN: Text of Ford’s letter describing Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct.

Upshot: Republicans are in a political box. Unless Ford’s account can be independently investigated to senators’ satisfaction by Thursday (all but impossible), most senators will chafe at risking any appearance of rushing a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for political purposes or to meet an arbitrary timeline. Two key GOP senators who have not declared their positions on Kavanaugh are women: Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. On Sunday night, Murkowski told CNN the committee might have to “consider” delaying its vote. She said it is her responsibility as a senator to determine the substance of Ford’s account before a vote. … In an era of #MeToo and the sexual assault cover-ups roiling the Catholic Church, procedures to handle accusations against the powerful have changed. Every complaint is expected to be explored without bias, with due diligence and transparency, and based on credible, verifiable evidence. For lifetime appointments to the nation’s highest court, the public wants vetting to be thorough and fair. And nominees are prepared.

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