As Senate hearing is set for Brett Kavanaugh, new accuser emerges

25 September, 2018, 02:03 | Author: Christina Harvey

The US Senate's top Republican accused his Democratic counterparts Monday of throwing "all the mud they could manufacture" to try to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump, speaking in NY where he was attending the United Nations annual assembly, threw his full weight behind Kavanaugh whose once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct from his school and university days.

In a story posted Sunday night on its website, The New Yorker reports that the claim dates to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's freshman year at Yale University.

After much negotiating, California professor Christine Blasey Ford was scheduled to testify this week about her allegation that when she was 15 and Kavanaugh 17, he held her down on a bed during a house drinking party, put his hand over her mouth so she couldn't scream, and tried to remove her clothing. Kavanaugh has denied both allegations. Do you think this is a credible allegation? Republicans narrowly control the Senate.

In a statement provided by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple".

"Clearly when it comes to President Trump, elections - in the eyes of Democrats - have no consequences", Sen.

The former friend who was married to the male classmate alleged to be involved, and who signed the statement, said of Ramirez, "This is a woman I was best friends with. Which means, if that's the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again".

The accusations have wrong-footed Republican senators who had hoped to push through his confirmation as quickly as possible, and who have sought to portray the charges as a politically motivated ploy by the Democrats to smear the judge. "I am with him all the way", he said as he arrived in NY to attend the United Nations general assembly, calling the allegations politically motivated.

Conway said, "I don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #MeToo movement" that has toppled powerful men across industries over the past year. But with the slender 51-49 GOP majority and the unpredictability of how Ford and Kavanaugh would come across to millions of American voters should she agree to testify, his approval remains in question. She added that the second woman, who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, is welcome to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

McConnell said that in their haste to tar Kavanaugh, they ended up violating the wishes of accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh is considered more conservative than Kennedy and liberals have feared that if he is confirmed, the Supreme Court will shift considerably to the right. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, California Sen.

Senate Democrats are investigating the bombshell claim by Deborah Ramirez, according to the New Yorker magazine.

Conway's rhetoric echoes Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

McConnell said it sounds "like a choreographed smear campaign that ignored Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality in order to inflict maximum damage at the last minute on Judge Kavanaugh and his family".

Democratic staffers on the Judiciary Committee who did not work for Feinstein contacted Bennet's office asking for a connection for Ramirez should she decide to come forward with allegations about Kavanaugh, the spokesperson said.



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