How events un­folded over the sum­mer

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July 9

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounces his nom­i­na­tion of Brett Ka­vanaugh to the Supreme Court.

July 30

Chris­tine Blasey Ford, a psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor, qui­etly sends a let­ter to Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, the top Demo­crat on the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee. She al­leges Ka­vanaugh sex­u­ally as­saulted her in high school. Fe­in­stein does not re­lease the let­ter pub­licly, at Ford’s re­quest.

Aug. 10

Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Chair­man Chuck Grass­ley, R-Iowa, an­nounces that con­fir­ma­tion hear­ings for Ka­vanaugh will be­gin Sept. 4.

Sept. 4-7

Ka­vanaugh tes­ti­fies for three days. On the fourth day, le­gal ex­perts and other wit­nesses tes­tify. Ford’s al­le­ga­tions are never raised.

Sept. 12

Fe­in­stein sends Ford’s let­ter to the FBI. The bu­reau puts the let­ter in Ka­vanaugh’s back­ground check file but does not launch a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in part be­cause the statute of lim­i­ta­tions on the al­leged sex­ual as­sault ex­pired years ear­lier.

Sept. 14

Ford’s al­le­ga­tions sur­face in a story by The New Yorker mag­a­zine. The story does not in­clude Ford’s name.

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

Sept. 16

The Wash­ing­ton Post pub­lishes an in­ter­view with Ford, who al­lows her name to be re­leased pub­licly for the first time. Ka­vanaugh again de­nies that the in­ci­dent ever took place.

Sept. 17

Grass­ley says the panel will hold a hear­ing to hear from both Ford and Ka­vanaugh about the al­le­ga­tions.

Sept. 23

Ford agrees to tes­tify pub­licly at a com­mit­tee hear­ing Sept. 27. Grass­ley says Ka­vanaugh will tes­tify after Ford.

Later that day, The New Yorker re­leases a re­port that Deb­o­rah Ramirez, a woman who at­tended Yale Univer­sity with Ka­vanaugh, ac­cuses him of ex­pos­ing him­self to her.

Sept. 24

Ka­vanaugh sends a let­ter to Grass­ley and Fe­in­stein declar­ing that he “will not be in­tim­i­dated into with­draw­ing from this process.”

AFP/GETTY IM­AGES

Brett Ka­vanaugh tes­ti­fies at an early Septem­ber hear­ing.

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