Kavanaugh: Embattled Trump nominee 'not going anywhere' after second sex claim

Oscar Cross
September 26, 2018

President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a divided U.S. Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge "a con game being played by the Democrats". He and Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her while both were teens in the 1980s, are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He has denied both accusations.

The Democrats are asking for an FBI investigation into the incident, which so far has been stonewalled by the Republicans and President Trump.

"It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk", Roche said. All of the witnesses identified by Dr. Ford as being present at the party she describes are on the record to the Committee saying they have no recollection of any such party happening.

Trump, at the United Nations in NY, declared that Kavanaugh is "outstanding", and added, "I am with him all the way".

Trump also praised the judge, and accused Democrats of portraying Kavanaugh as someone he is not. Ford claims Kavanaugh tried removing her clothes and covered her mouth to prevent screams after he pinned her on a bed during a high school party. With all 11 GOP Judiciary committee members male, Republicans have hired a female attorney who would question Ford for them, said a GOP aide who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

"I never had any sexual or physical activity with Dr Ford", Kavanaugh said, adding, "What I know is the truth".

"We are in contact with the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine the best process to provide Senators with additional information", Clune wrote.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, meaning Kavanaugh's confirmation prospects may hinge on the votes of a handful of moderate Republican senators who have not yet announced their intentions, These include Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.

However, with elections approaching, Kavanaugh's rejection would give Republicans little time to select a new nominee for confirmation before the end of December, when the current Senate session ends.

The support comes amid new allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct against the nominee.

"This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men, who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college, say".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also came out in Kavanaugh's defence.

And the softball tone of much of the interview - a huge missed opportunity, considering the interview subject's status as a Supreme Court nominee - made it easy to dismiss for anyone not predisposed to support Kavanaugh and his conservative views.

Grassley also has resisted Democrats' calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Ford's allegations. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday morning that the administration would be open to her testifying on Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said.

Trump reserved most of his ire for the Democrats, whom he accused of playing a "very unsafe game" and hurting Kavanaugh's family. Deborah Ramirez alleged in a story published by The New Yorker Sunday night that while she and Kavanaugh both attended Yale University in the early 1980s, he pulled down his trousers and exposed himself to her.

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