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

Ruben Ruiz
September 25, 2018

"I wasn't going to touch a penis until I was married", she said. He added, "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

The latest claims came with Mr Kavanaugh was already facing a hearing where his testimony was to be weighed against that of a university professor who has separately accused him of assault.

Ford is set to testify before the Judiciary Committee about her allegation on Thursday. Russell Wheeler, an expert on the judicial selection process at the Brookings Institution, said he is unaware of a similar media interview by a Supreme Court nominee in the past 100 years.

Fox News is President Donald Trump's favorite network, and he often critiques his aides when they appear there. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to express her concern over Kavanaugh's nomination. "Innocent until proven guilty is how we do this in America".

In a separate letter, Kavanaugh called Ford and another allegation from a Yale University classmate, "smears, pure and simple".

The first woman to come forward with accusations against Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, told the Senate Judiciary Committee she was telling "the truth" in claiming a drunken Kavanaugh tried to undress her and that she had feared for her life during a high school party. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would investigate Ramirez's accusation. After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to speak publicly, the report said.

"No innuendo has been too low, no insinuation too dirty", Senator Hatch said, adding the committee should proceed with its hearing on Thursday and "then we should vote". Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when both were in high school and at a party in the early 1980s; she came forward in an article published September 16. "I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley wrangled with Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance.

With his future and reputation on the line, Kavanaugh stepped up his defense, saying "I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever".

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Many chanted "I believe Christine Ford", as they called on the Senate leadership to take the allegations made by Ford and Ramirez seriously.

It is now conceivable that Kavanaugh may not be confirmed, which could happen in multiple ways.

Mr Trump has a second opportunity to shape the Supreme Court with his nomination of Mr Kavanaugh to replace the departing Anthony Kennedy. Avenatti, who has said he's considering running for president as a Democrat, said his client isn't Ramirez.

"I just don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #metoo movement", she said, using the popular name for the wave of women who have shared stories of being victims of sexual assault and misconduct, particularly in the workplace. "This is a very dynamic situation".

"The Republicans need to stop aiding and abetting Chuck Schumer's extreme delay strategy", said Penny Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America, a conservative group, referring to the top Senate Democrat. "And we won't stand for Senate Republicans' despicable attempts to strong-arm a sexual assault survivor". "In my opinion, it's totally political". In the letter, Ford said she faced death threats and was relying on her lawyers and Grassley to "agree to conditions that will allow me to testify in a fair setting". His nomination is viewed by both parties as a critical fight ahead of the midterm elections in November.

A senior White House adviser meanwhile also suggested the allegations were political.

The new allegations raised broader questions about a nominee whose confirmation seemed all but certain two weeks ago. Republicans are looking for Kavanaugh to cement a conservative majority on the court, while Democrats say he could provide the fifth vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

About Ramirez's claim, which allegedly took place at Yale, Kavanaugh twice said it would have been the "talk of campus" if it had actually happened.

The New Yorker says she has asked the FBI to investigate. She chose to come forward after "assessing her memories" and consulting with her lawyer, the magazine said.

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