Kavanaugh, in Rare Interview, Denies Sex-Assault Allegations, Says He Won’t Withdraw

Ruben Ruiz
September 25, 2018

On Sunday, the New Yorker magazine said Senate Democrats are investigating an incident that allegedly took place during Kavanaugh's years at Yale University, involving Deborah Ramirez, 53, also a Yale student at the time, who says he exposed himself to her at a drunken party.

Kavanaugh has denied the claims against him and in a Fox News interview Monday, said that he was a virgin in high school and for "many years thereafter" as a defense against the accusations.

Even before the latest turns, the carefully negotiated hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford carried echoes of the Anita Hill hearings in 1991.

Despite the forceful rhetoric by Kavanaugh and his GOP supporters, it remained unclear how three moderate Republican senators - Maine's Susan Collins, Arizona's Jeff Flake and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - would react to the latest accusation.

In the run-up to an appearance by Kavanaugh and his main accuser at a dramatic Senate hearing, the Republicans embraced their newly aggressive stance with his nomination dangling precariously. "There's a hearing on Thursday", she said.

Senate Republicans have been largely indifferent to or skeptical of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who was the first person to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford's desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh.

With increasing intensity, Republicans have attacked the credibility of both women's accounts. She said another boy, Mark Judge, was also in the room. The 11 senators on the GOP side of the dais are all men, creating risky optics for a hearing that will be carried on live television. They could also use Republican staff attorneys on the committee.

Democratic senators are expected to ask their own questions.

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"It's very hard to have these conversations with your children which we've had to have", she said.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford claims he pinned her down on a bed during their high school years, covered her mouth with one hand to silence her and tried to pull her clothes off with his other hand while drunk. "It will relate to how they behaved at countless house parties, " Avenatti told reporters on September 24.

At about the same time, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who rose to fame by aggressively taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of his client Stormy Daniels, tweeted that he had another woman with an allegation who will be demanding that Kavanaugh's nomination be withdrawn.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, sent a letter to committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sunday evening asking that all proceedings related to Kavanaugh's nomination be suspended.

President Trump said he's standing behind his nominee and hopes he'll be confirmed. "I hope she comes". Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident. And yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion and people generally in high school - I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit, but that's not what we're talking about.

Ford goes on to say that since coming forward, she has faced threats and media intrusion into her life.

The allegations, dating to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Mr Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation in a Senate narrowly controlled by Mr Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away.

Ramirez is calling for an FBI investigation of her claim. Judy Woodruff talks with Ronan Farrow about the allegation and what evidence they have uncovered.

The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn't remember the party.

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