A secret letter sent by Senator Dianne Feinstein to the FBI accuses Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to force himself on a teenaged girl when both were in high school, according to a new report by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer at The New Yorker.
“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,” The New Yorker article states. “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.”
Kavanaugh issued a statement refuting the allegations, saying, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
His classmate said simply, “I have no recollection of that.”
At the time, Kavanaugh was a high school student at the prestigious private Catholic Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda. The woman, who has asked to not have her name revealed, was a student at a nearby school. All three were minors at the time.
Late Thursday the FBI announced it was refusing to investigate the accusation. It forwarded the letter to the White House.
Farrow is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist whose work brought down film producer Harvey Weinstein, and late last week CBS chairman Les Moonves. Farrow and Mayer’s joint report last year led to the resignation of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
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Donald Trump's increasingly toxic rhetoric against women of color has put the Republican Party in a "vice" of choosing between loyalty to the White House and voters disgusted by the bigotry the president had been broadcasting.
"Donald Trump today has the Republican Party in a vice the likes of which they haven’t experienced since Charlottesville and before that, in the aftermath of the “Access Hollywood” tape," Wallace explained, citing the biggest moments of Trump displaying his respective racism and misogyny.
"Republicans -- who have hardly been profiles in courage -- today found just over a dozen of their members break rank and slowly, timidly, begin to call out Donald Trump’s flagrant, bellicose, racist attacks against four female members of Congress," she reported.
Italy seizes air-to-air missile along with neo-Nazi propaganda and Hitler memorabilia from far-right sympathizers
Italian police seized an air-to-air missile, machine guns and rocket launchers during raids sparked by an investigation into far-right extremist groups on Monday, a huge haul of weapons that authorities said was almost without precedent.
Police arrested three people, including Fabio Del Bergiolo, 50, a former candidate for the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party, whose home was found to contain a huge stash of arms as well as neo-Nazi propaganda and Hitler memorabilia.
Fireflies’ glow could soon be extinguished by human actions
Species’ extinction rates are accelerating on a global scale. We need solutions that match the severity of the problem.
Say goodbye to one of the dreamiest things about childhood. In the Midwest, fireflies are dying off.
For many Americans, it’s hard to imagine summer nights without the magical glow of dozens of bioluminescent bodies fluttering above the grasses and fields, and lighting up the dark skies above.