(NBC News) Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is forcefully denying the claim he sexually assaulted a woman decades ago while they were both in high school.
His accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, tells the Washington Post Kavanaugh was “stumbling drunk” at a house party in the 1980s when he pinned her to a bed and groped her while one of his friends stood by.
Ford said “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” describing how Kavanaugh held his hand over her mouth to stop her screams during the attack.
“She clearly considers this an attempted rape. She believes if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped,” Ford’s attorney says.
Kavanaugh says he’s willing to testify again to clear his name, calling it a “completely false allegation” and writing “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes – to her or to anyone.”
Ford says she, too, is ready to testify.
Democrats are calling for a postponement of a Thursday vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
President Trump also weighed in Monday, saying he believes Kavanaugh’s confirmation remains on track and “if it takes a little delay, it takes a little delay.”