Trump dismisses second woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Pauline Gross
September 26, 2018

A week earlier California professor Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh tried to tear her clothes off in an assault during a party around 1982 when both were students at elite private high schools in Washington. But their more immediate problem is they could fail to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before November's midterm elections, in which their congressional majorities could stand or fall based on how enthusiastic their base is. Senators are being told to keep their schedules open. Capitol Hill reporters tracking all this don't think that Kavanaugh, at this time, has the 50 or 51 votes he needs to get on the court, but Senate Republican leaders seem to be gambling that he will after Thursday.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, senator from CT and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a break from convention, the outside lawyer, whose name was not released, will question Ford and Kavanaugh on behalf of the committee's Republican senators, 11 white men.

Ramirez is the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Attorney John Clune tweeted that he is in contact with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The account was published Sunday. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

Trump called Kavanaugh "just a wonderful human being" and suggested that Democrats were skeptical of Ramirez, saying, "They don't believe it themselves".

Trump said Monday the accusations were among "the single most unfair, unjust thing to happen to a candidate for anything".

Instead, in a carefully worded response, she said: "I think it is important that we have a process that is viewed as credible and respected". And we told them from the very beginning of this process this will be not fun sometimes.

Kavanaugh appeared on Fox News on Monday to refute the allegations against him. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, is also expected to testify.

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Fellow Yale alumnus James Roche said that he believed their classmate Deborah Ramirez, who alleges that Kavanaugh once thrust his genitals in her face at a party.

A comment by Murkowski to CNN on Tuesday could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh. When asked Tuesday if there should be a full FBI investigation about the claims, she said: "Well, it would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?"

Some members of the Trump administration, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, have distanced themselves from the president's aggressive rhetoric on the matter. "Why should we trust Ford's memory, which also has gaps, more than Ramirez's?" they'd say. Kavanaugh denies both claims. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who controls the Senate floor schedule for debates and votes. Let her say whatever she has to say.

Two women have accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior.

What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise.

Schumer, the minority leader, also says it is galling that McConnell is making charges of partisanship by Democrats.

The President wrote: 'The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Accusations the likes of which have never been seen before!'

Democrats continued to seek an FBI investigation of the two women's allegations, which would take several days in each case. If you choose to do that, chances are it's because you want to stop him from joining the Court in the first place, knowing that the likelihood of him being removed later is remote.

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