WASHINGTON — Upon receipt of a anonymous letter that detailed an alleged rape by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavananugh, the office of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) referred the complaint to the FBI, a spokesperson for Harris told the San Diego Union Tribune.
“As soon as our office received the letter, we turned it over to the chairman’s office and to the FBI, which is the standard practice,” Lily Adams told the Tribune on Monday.
The Tribune was provided transcripts of a 21-minute phone interview Senate Judiciary Committee staffers conducted with Kavanaugh on Wednesday regarding allegations in the letter. He told committee staffers: “The whole thing is ridiculous. Nothing ever — anything like that, nothing. I mean that. The whole thing’s just a crock, farce, wrong, didn’t happen, not anything close!”
The author of the letter said Kavanaugh offered her a ride home from a party. She acknowledged drinking at the gathering. In the car, she said, “Kavanaugh kissed me forcefully. I told him I only wanted a ride home. Kavanaugh continued to grope me over my clothes, forcing his kisses on me and putting his hand under my sweater. ‘No,’ I yelled at him. The boy in the backseat reached around, putting his hand over my mouth and holding my arm to keep me in the car.”
She said Kavanaugh then pulled up her sweater and bra, and reached into her panties and fondled her. He then slapped her, told her to be quiet, and forced her to perform oral sex, she wrote.
“They forced me to go into the backseat and took turns raping me several times each. They dropped me off two blocks from my home. ‘No one will believe if you tell. Be a good girl,’ he told me.”
The author did not identify herself except to say she is an Oceanside, Calif. teacher with a family. Nor did she say exactly when or where the alleged assault occurred.
“Watching what has happened to Anita Hill and Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford has me petrified to come forward in person or even provide my name. A group of white men, powerful senators who won’t believe me, will come after me.”
The anonymous woman is the sixth to level an allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
The decision by Harris’ office to promptly refer the complaint to federal investigators stands in stark contrast to the way California’s senior senator and fellow Judiciary Committee member — Dianne Feinstein — handled a similar matter.
In July Feinstein received a letter from Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) that detailed a allegation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.
Feinstein announced in mid-September that she had received a letter in July referencing an allegation against Kavanaugh but she did not provide specifics. Feinstein said she gave the letter to the FBI and asked that they investigate the matter. Feinstein said she had not come forward sooner to protect the identity of Ford, who had stressed in the letter that she wanted the matter to be handed confidentially.
Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified before the committee on Thursday.
Ford told the panel she is “one hundred percent” sure Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh denied the allegation in his testimony.
Feinstein’s office could not be reached for comment.