White House doubles down on court nominee after woman recounts assault: 'We are standing with Kavanaugh’s denial'
FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh pictured at his office in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 11, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

A White House spokesperson said on Sunday that the Trump administration is continuing to stand with Judge Brett Kavanaugh after a woman came forward and described an alleged sexual assault.


In an interview with The Washington Post, a woman named Christine Blasey Ford said that Kavanaugh assaulted her while she was in high school.

The post reports:

Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.

While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Kavanaugh has denied the he ever took part in an assault on Ford.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation," Kavanaugh said in a statement on Sunday. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Following Ford's interview with the Post, the White House insisted that administration officials believe Kavanaugh's version of the story.

"[W]e are standing with Judge Kavanaugh’s denial," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told Fox News.