DC, USA - President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, September 24, launched an aggressive campaign against allegations of sexual misconduct, vowing on national television to clear his name while appearing to claim his virginity at the time of the accusations as a defense.
"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago, and 30 years ago and never mention it-all of a sudden, it happens", Trump said.
Asked about the President's support for his nomination at the end of the interview, Kavanaugh said he knew Trump "is going to stand by me".
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. The two incidents are alleged to have occurred within just a few years of one another. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said he wants to testify before the committee.
She also demanded Kavanaugh testify before her at any Senate hearing. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to have the FBI investigate the allegations of both Ford and Ramirez.
While the walkout itself might have taken just minutes of silence, or an hour of skipping out on work at most, this moment of protest against Kavanaugh's confirmation-promoting as radical an idea as believing in the accounts of Ford and Ramirez against a man in power-is sure to be another event contributing to the ripples of change in how the USA treats survivors and their assailants. "Unless there's something more", he said on Fox News Sunday, "No, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".
His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced last week.
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She said on CBS "This Morning" that the allegations against Kavanaugh, now by a second woman, sound like a "vast left-wing conspiracy". There are also questions as to how wide the reports of the potential new allegation were spread among Senate Democrats. "I am the leader in the entire country of promoting women law clerks to get Supreme Court clerkships", he said.
Hatch and Lindsey Graham of SC, both senior GOP Judiciary panel members, said in separate statements Monday that the hearing with Ford should go ahead Thursday as planned, and then the committee should vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Now that the story is public, it will be looked into, the aide said. She added that the second woman, who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, is welcome to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale. Whether Grassley knew of the coming allegations or senior staff knew and pressed him to expedite the session is unclear.
Trump and other Republicans loudly echoed that assessment Monday, with the president saying he is looking forward to a confirmation vote. Kennedy was the frequently the court's swing vote. A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.
Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations.
Protesters opposing Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation have held rallies in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere.
Kavanaugh appeared to well up with emotion when he went on to say: "Starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old". But the judge said he never drank so much that he could not recall what happened while he was intoxicated.