Trump pokes holes in Kavanaugh sexual misconduct accusation

Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new misconduct claim - USA -

Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh: I will not not let false accusations push me out

The sharp exchanges on the Senate floor came one day after Kavanaugh appeared on USA cable television - an unprecedented move for a Supreme Court nominee - to refute all allegations of sexual misconduct. And she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up, and she doesn't know it was him.

In a piece by Ronan Farrow published on Sunday by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez, 53, claimed that during the 1983-1984 school year, she attended a dormitory party that was also attended by Kavanaugh, a freshman at the time.

He said it's troubling to see an eminently qualified candidate like Kavanaugh have his name dragged through the mud, and he suggested it could have negative consequences in the future.

President Donald Trump followed up his address to the United Nation's General Assembly by blasting the women who have accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault/misconduct.

Ford alleges that Kavanaugh tried removing her clothes during a party when they were in high school.

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said in the Fox News interview.

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking member Dianne Feinstein, in a letter, urged President Donald Trump to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to immediately and thoroughly investigate Ford's allegations and report to the Senate as soon as possible. "If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus".

Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Republicans were making it clear that they intend to proceed Thursday with testimony from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers in 1982 - and then move to force a vote on the Kavanaugh nomination by early next week. Ford accuses Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a party when both were in high school. Denying the allegations against him, he vowed that he won't be "pushed out" of the confirmation process. Kavanaugh strongly denied that claim as a "smear".

Later Monday, hundreds of protesters marched to the Supreme Court while women across the nation conducted a #BelieveSurvivors walkout at 1 p.m. ET to show solidarity with women affected by sexual assault, including those whose claims were ignored or not believed. "I was never at any such party", Kavanaugh said.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, had set several deadlines since Friday for Ford to decide whether and how she would testify before the panel. But the New Yorker went ahead with the story anyway, and the accusations sent more shockwaves through the Senate confirmation process.

Brett Kavanaugh says he won't let "false accusations" drive him from his quest to win Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Republicans, with a 51-49 Senate majority, can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Mormon Women for Ethical Government, which is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the allegations are serious and the Senate shouldn't rush Kavanaugh's vote. "No one is trying to hide from fact, Brett Kavanaugh has been leaning in".

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