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Report: Kavanaugh accused of sexual misconduct during high school

by Harvest Prude & Mickey McLean
Posted 9/14/18, 12:36 pm

UPDATE: The New Yorker reported Friday morning that the information relayed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to the FBI involved a complaint from an unidentified woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.

In a letter sent to Feinstein in July, a woman, according to the magazine, claimed that she attended a party with Kavanaugh, where he held her down and attempted to force himself on her. The woman said she was later able to free herself, but added that the incident caused ongoing distress for her to the point of needing psychological treatment.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House Friday morning. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.” A classmate of Kavanaugh’s, who the woman said was present during the incident, said, “I have no recollection of that.” The woman declined an interview with The New Yorker.

In response to the accusations, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school. “We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983,” wrote the women. “For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.”

OUR EARLIER REPORT (11:37 a.m.): WASHINGTON—Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced Thursday she had referred information about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to federal investigators. Though Feinstein’s reticent statement revealed little, the move by the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee suggests she believes Kavanaugh may have been guilty of a crime.

Feinstein would not say what the information is or where it came from, noting only that she received it from a source who “strongly requested confidentiality.” The FBI said it received the information Wednesday and added it to the nominee’s background file but does not plan to open an investigation, according to a New York Times report. While Feinstein informed her fellow Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats about the existence of the letter on Wednesday, she may have had the letter since July.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, tweeted his skepticism, “Let me get this straight: this is [a] statement about [a] secret letter regarding a secret matter and an unidentified person. Right.” He then noted, “I will add: the FBI already performed and has reported on a background investigation on the nominee and this has been made available to all Senators on the Judiciary Committee.”

The Judiciary Committee plans to vote Thursday on sending Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • Bob C
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 12:26 pm

    Looks like the Democrats are getting desperate. I wonder what stunt they will pull next.

  • Bear
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 01:19 pm

    Kinda gotta wonder, given the paid protesters, if this woman was paid to make this claim.

  • Leroy Young
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 02:25 pm

    This whole thing is disgusting.  The Dems will stop at nothing to protect their own '"right"  to sexual sin. That's the real reason that the abortion issue is such an issue - the fight for promiscuity without ramifications, except to the murdered infants who are apparently viewed as nothing more than collaterol damage!


  • WORLD User 221760
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 02:26 pm

    WHO in their right mind would believe ANYTHING that came out of Feinstein's mouth.  The Democrats are truly grasping at straws. 

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 02:39 pm

    Did the FBI inquire of all of the classmates he went to school with to see if anyone would say he did something wrong? Maybe someone who needed money?




  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 02:47 pm

    Why isn't the FBI investigating the allegations? Probably already have and know it to be false, but then we found out the FBI is Liberal so we know they want Trump's man not to be confirmed. Feinstein should be investigated. With the Dems, it's the end justifies the means. They must win at all cost to other people. 

  • E Cole
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 03:27 pm

    If it is a plan to derail the nomination, it is a pretty poor one - even if it is true, don't the Dems know by now that sexual misconduct doesn't disqaualify you for anything in the Republican party? 


  • Big Jim
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 04:45 pm

    Or the Democrat party ;-)

  • Joel
    Posted: Sun, 09/16/2018 03:29 pm

    What the Dem's know is that E Cole and many like her will oppose anyone accused of sexual misconduct, even when there is good evidence that the accusers are lying.

    Thank you, WORLD, for including testimony in the updated story that contradicts this accusation against Kavanaugh.


  • E Cole
    Posted: Sun, 09/16/2018 09:01 pm

    Joel, please don't put words in my mouth- I did not say I believed the accuser. I said "even if it is true."  But the Republicans made it clear they don't care about morals when they elected a President who brags about sexual misconduct --and a lot of Christians apparently don't care ("he's better than Clinton" is about the only defense they have and that is pathetic--I think both parties chose candidates not fit to serve).I don’t know what happened years ago when Kavanaugh was a young man. Please don’t pretend that you do. 

  • zonie
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 04:27 pm

    If the "Bork" offense doesn't work, try the "Anita Hill" last stand.  I'm guessing someone's been paid to make an anonymous allegation, or perhaps some floozie asked Kavenaugh out on a date in high sschool and he turned her down (and she's still upset about it).

  • TxAgEngr
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 07:16 pm

    Yeah, that's quite discovery Senator. And on top of that, at age 2 he defiantly told his mother "no!".  At age 4 he selfishly snatched a toy from a sibling and at age 6 he rebelliously rode his bike to the next block without first getting permission.

  • Laura W
    Posted: Fri, 09/14/2018 09:47 pm

    Do you mean to imply that if he had tried to force himself on her, it would be as trivial as all the rest? I sure hope not.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 02:32 am

    Laura, I took it to mean that this was an accusation about something that purportedly happened many decades ago while he was a minor. Should that disqualify him from serving on the U.S. Supreme Court? Of note, Mr. Kavanaugh has unequivocally denied the charge and many of his classmates have come to his defense. I have not heard corroborating evidence from any other witnesses although there has been someone that came forward who was there at the time and flatly repudiated the charge.

  • KeithT
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 01:08 am

    Does this sound shaky?  Of course. 

    But please, I'm missing Christ in any of these responses.  Exactly who falls short of the glory of God?  Only the Democrats?  Consider: a high school party with booze, boys, girls, and hormones mixed with expectations going off the rails.  How many otherwise self-controlled, respectful teens find themselves acting out of character in such circumstances?  Surely, none of us World Mag readers ever did that.  Oh.  Wait.  I did.  Oops.  "Oh wretched man that I am!  ...Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 06:06 am

    You are missing the point here Keith. The Democrats are doing a “Hail Mary” to try to bring Brett Kavanaugh down with manufactured charges by some gold digger #metoo woman. It is really disgusting that the Democrats would do this to an honorable man, and shows how evil they are. It is the same thing that was done to Judge Roy Moore, a man who never had any accusations made against him before, yet a month before the election all these these women came forward with questionable stories from over 40 yrs ago and motives that were suspect. Why didn’t they come forward before with their charges if there was any validity to them? The one woman’s charge against him was that he kissed her forcefully, which is really no charge at all.  Going out with an eighteen year old girl is acceptable and hardly constitutes a crime as well as a seventeen year old girl if her parents know about it. Applying modern day mores on events happening forty years ago is hardly fair. We must understand that these attacks are a political weapon that the Democrats wield given their lack of morality! They will go to any lengths to fight for abortion, homosexuality, perversion, and anything against the Christian world view!  They want domination and will not stop until they have it! If we give in and acquiesce to their demands, we will find our property and children stripped away from us, our guns taken away as well as all the rest of our liberties! This would include religious liberties! As for me and my house we will stand against evil and serve the Lord!

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 03:39 am

    I want to point out the fact that a couple months ago, in defending Judge Roy Moore, I warned that more sexual allegations would come against other Senators because the tactic worked against Judge Roy Moore. The biggest prize is to keep out a conservative Supreme Court Justice, so they are at it again! I hope this time conservatives, and especially Christians see the charade that the Democrats are trying to pull on us! If we refuse to give in, their tactics will fail! Stand fast and be strong in the Lord and act with wisdom! 

  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 12:32 pm

    We need some more investigative reporting on this.

    Is this "unidentified woman" connected to Sen. Feinstein's Chinese spy/driver or Harry Reid's source for Mitt Romney not paying income taxes?

  • CaptTee's picture
    Posted: Sat, 09/15/2018 12:37 pm

    Since it is unproven that he was even accused of doing anyting wrong in high school, shouldn't the headline read,

    "Kavanaugh allegedly accused of sexual misconduct during high school"?

  • Xion's picture
    Posted: Mon, 09/17/2018 03:38 am

    "Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!"  Ps 25:7

    Even if the allegations were true, nothing happened.  And he was a minor.  And it was 40 years ago.  And people who were there denied the anonymous statement from the anonymous source.  There are plenty of things I did in high school that I am not proud of, but Kavanaugh was apparently a goody two shoes and has led his life that way ever since.  It is rare to find anyone like this who has kept him or herself unspotted from the world for so long.

    Posted: Mon, 09/17/2018 12:42 am

    It's disappointing this is being entertained especially since the accuser indicated that no crime actually happened and Judge Kavanaugh disputes it.  

  • Judy Farrington
    Posted: Mon, 09/17/2018 03:01 am


     “We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983,” wrote the women. “For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.”

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 09/17/2018 03:58 pm

    KeithT, I appreciate your honesty. I’m in the same boat. Like you, I praise The Lord that I have been forgiven and redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. 

    And for sure, I will never be putting myself forward as candidate for any public office. Would not put those close to me, those in my past, nor myself through the public shame.