As Senate hearing is set for Brett Kavanaugh, new accuser emerges

Christine Ford researchgate net

Second woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing heavy scrutiny after Professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, has been accused by another woman, Deborah Ramirez, of sexual misconduct.

President Donald Trump defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a "fantastic man" in a radio interview broadcast on Monday.

The paper also claims Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates to ask if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain it was Kavanaugh.

Trump said that he would not likely be able to convince Democrats to vote for Kavanaugh, which means he would need the support of nearly every Republican in the Senate.

Ramirez admitted to the New Yorker that there are gaps in her memory of the incident, and that she expects her memories to be questioned as she had been under the influence of alcohol. "Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", her attorneys said in a statement to the Times.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Several Senate Republicans have called the allegations "smears" and urged a vote on Kavanaugh after Thursday's hearing.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's claims and plans to use the calendars as part of his defense, according to the news outlet. Though she told the New Yorker she was not "politically motivated" to share her story, the RNC presented other details that, they think, call this into question.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, an appellate court judge, denied the allegation and said he wanted to testify as soon as possible to clear his name.

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"The Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agreed to a hearing on Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while in high school", The Politico reported quoting a person familiar with the negotiations between the panel and Ford's lawyers on Saturday night.

Ms Ford's lawyers Debra Katz and Lisa Banks had said that many aspects of Mr Grassley's latest offer were "fundamentally inconsistent" with the committee's promise of a "fair, impartial investigation".

Dozens of people protesting the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have been arrested Monday outside the office of Republican Sen. "I am with him all the way", Trump said after arriving in NY to attend the UN General Assembly, calling the allegations against his nominee for a lifetime post on the top USA court politically motivated.

For Trump, getting the conservative Kavanaugh into the lifetime appointment would cement his mission to shift the court to the right for years to come.

"We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it - and we did not".

In his response to the allegation, Kavanaugh in a statement on Sunday said: "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".

A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination.

A White House spokeswoman adds in a second statement that the allegation is 'designed to tear down a good man'.

Durbin told ABC's "This Week" that some Republicans "reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination as to how their final vote" on Kavanaugh is cast.

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