McConnell says Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh will be confirmed

Saul Bowman
September 26, 2018

President Donald Trump unloaded on congressional Democrats Tuesday for playing a "con game" over his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and he used his strongest language yet to criticize those accusing him of sexual assault.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who last week accused him of sexual assault in 1982.

Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS that the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs. "She admits she was drunk".

In a statement, two of the male classmates Ramirez claimed were involved, the wife of a third male student she said was involved and three other classmates disputed Ramirez's allegation.

"This is a con game being played by the Democrats", Trump savaged, of the allegations against his nominee, both of which Kavanaugh has denied.

"There's a chance that this could be one of the single-most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything", Trump said following a meeting Monday afternoon at the United Nations.

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, has been the subject of mounting sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks. Kavanaugh has denied he ever sexually assaulted any one. And the people who have known and worked with him, including people in high school and people who went to law school with him, say does not comport with the Brett Kavanaugh we knew at this period of our life.

Judge declined to speak to a Post reporter who tracked him down but his lawyer, Barbara VanGelder, told the newspaper she had told him to leave the area because he was being "hounded".


"This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Supporters hope that Kavanaugh's nomination can be confirmed before the start of the court's next term on October 1. But he added, "What I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", a remarkable assertion for a nominee to the nation's highest court. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) was asked whether there was anything Ford could say that would persuade him to vote against Kavanaugh.

"I mean, charges come up from 36 years ago that are totally unsubstantiated?"

Ramirez alleges that while in his first year at Yale University, Kavanaugh put his genitals in her face after a drinking game. He said Trump called him in the afternoon to show his support.

In a defiant letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh said he would "not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says "we would be open" to Deborah Ramirez, a second woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, testify before the Senate Judiciary panel this week. Bob Corker is questioning the credibility of the latest allegation by Ramirez.

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.

"She said she was totally inebriated", he said of Ms Ramirez. "I don't think because you happen to be a male you're disqualified from listening to the evidence and making a decision based upon the evidence", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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