Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Allegations against Brett Kavanaugh are 'totally political,' Trump says

Second woman makes allegation against Kavanaugh Kavanaugh Swiftly Denies New Allegations of Sexual Abuse
Jeannette Daniel | 25 September, 2018, 02:03

The walkout, promoted with the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors, was organized to show solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were in high school, and Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her at a party in college.

Separately, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was elected president, said on Twitter that he represents a woman "with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh". Now an appeals court judge, Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump in July for a lifetime job on the top US court, wrote in a letter to the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the confirmation process.

The Kentucky Republican said Democrats "signaled for months" that they would put on "whatever performance the far-left commanded" as part of their "resistance" campaign against President Trump and the GOP.

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.

"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".

For Democrats, the row is a golden opportunity to build on anger among female voters at Trump's often dismissive attitude to allegations of sexual misconduct - including against the president himself.

"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the judge said in a statement.

The choice of a new justice for the Supreme Court is pivotal, as it often gives the final word on highly contentious laws, with an huge impact on U.S. public life.


"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee", Sen. After a meeting at the United Nations in New York City Monday morning, Trump told reporters that Kavanaugh is "a fine man with an unblemished past" and that the accusations were "highly unsubstantiated" and "totally political".

COONS: I publicly said I will vote against Judge Kavanaugh based on his extreme views as a judge about presidential power.

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. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, California Sen.

The allegations have cast doubt on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

It is quite unusual for a pending nominee for a position requiring Senate confirmation to agree to a TV interview, but that is what Kavanaugh did Monday, joined by his wife.

McConnell said that in their haste to tar Kavanaugh, they ended up violating the wishes of accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Ms Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.

Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him. The terms of their agreement provide that Kavanaugh will also appear before the committee, but he will not be in the room while Ford is speaking or being questioned.

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