Blasey spoke to The Washington Post in an exclusive report about the event in question: more specifically, a summer evening in the 1980s in which Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" and assaulted her in a bedroom at a party.
On "Face the Nation" Sunday, Tillis, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he had not seen a letter sent by an unnamed female accuser to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo.
"I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", Ford told the Post.
Ford alleges another teenager watched as a drunken Kavanaugh attempted to remove her clothing at a gathering in suburban Maryland.
The woman, from a nearby high school, was allegedly at a party where the youths were drinking alcohol.
The person "declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision", Feinstein said.
Kavanaugh has denied any wrongdoing.
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On Thursday, Feinstein said she had received "information" regarding Kavanaugh and has passed it on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Feinstein said in her surprise statement. But fairness and journalistic integrity took a hit with The New York Times' publication of the op-ed.
Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, confirmed the existence of the letter. Sources told NPR that the California senator felt pressure to put something out publicly after a report indicated she had not briefed fellow members of the panel on a document. One of Kavanaugh's law clerks spearheaded the effort Thursday and sent the letter to Grassley's office Friday, the aide said. Other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee first learned about the contents of the letter at a last-minute meeting last Wednesday evening. Eshoo passed it to Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee that is weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.
The FBI has since declined to open an investigation into the undisclosed allegations; forwarding the letter to the White House to be included in Kavanaugh's background check.
"Senator Schumer promised to 'oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, ' and it appears he is delivering with this 11th-hour attempt to delay his confirmation", Kupec said. The letter was also shared with Feinstein in July.
Ford described to the Post her concern her identity would be revealed anyway as the story snow balled.
Following Ford's interview with the Post, the White House insisted that administration officials believe Kavanaugh's version of the story.
But after the past few days of coverage and speculation, she said, "Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation".