Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kavanaugh accuser set to testify in US Senate hearing

Kavanaugh accuser set to testify in US Senate hearing

The new allegation has been made by Deborah Ramirez, who claimed that Kavanaugh exposed his genitals in her face during the 1983-84 academic school year at Yale University.

"It was kind of a joke", Ramirez told the magazine.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Internal emails between lawyers for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has said Kavanaugh assaulted her, show a standoff about the conditions for Ford's testimony.

"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved", Judge said in a written statement forwarded to the committee by his attorney.

The depths to which Kavanaugh's defenders are willing to sink was underscored when Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, sent out a tweet thread pushing a mistaken-identity alibi to explain away Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh. The two incidents are alleged to have occurred within just a few years of one another.

"As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee can not hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses", Mike Davis, Grassley's top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ford's lawyers obtained by The Associated Press.

And Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), said the president should call for the FBI to investigate if he wanted to "get to the bottom" of Blasey's account.

The New Yorker got in touch with several other students who confirmed they had heard this story-and that Kavanaugh was the perpetrator-but none who could confirm that he was actually present at the party, which sounds awfully familiar: Everyone supposedly present at the party where Ford was allegedly assaulted has similarly denied Kavanaugh was there.

Feinstein also said it was not the time for politics, writing "It is time to set politics aside". Republican senators, initially cut off from accessing the unredacted version of the letter, prodded Feinstein repeatedly to hand over her copy so they could conduct their investigation. The newest allegation also comes as attorney Michael Avenatti tells CBS News' Paula Reid he is representing yet another woman who knew Kavanaugh in high school - although it's unclear what that woman's claim might be.

"Following Dr. Ford's testimony, Judge Kavanaugh will appear again before the committee", according to a statement from the committee.

Republicans have also talked about enlisting female lawyers on the committee to lead the questioning who Grassley said would be "sensitive to the particulars of Dr. Ford's allegations and are experienced investigators". Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Sen.

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In an email to judiciary committee staff, Ford's lawyer Debra Katz called the deadline "aggressive and artificial".

The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after almost a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story.

The pair of Democrats accused Trump of making "misleading statements" about whether the FBI should investigate Ford's claims against Kavanaugh. Kennedy was the frequently the court's swing vote.

McConnell's goal has been to confirm Kavanaugh by 1 October, the start of the Supreme Court term. His nomination is viewed by both parties as a critical fight ahead of the midterm elections in November.

The White House's statement was similar in its wording.

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man", White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

Trump mused to confidants that the "fake" attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House. Ford's lawyers also want to call on two trauma experts, the person said.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly and categorically denied the allegations. "Many did not respond to interview requests; others declined to comment, or said they did not attend or remember the party". "It all boils down to how senators Murkowski and Collins perceive these allegations".

Kavanaugh's confirmation appears to turn mostly on the support or opposition of three Republican senators: Jeff Flake of Arizona, who is on the Judiciary panel that Republicans control 11-10; Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Ford previously asked for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe but Trump said last week the agency should not be involved.

A source told NBC News that President Donald Trump was made aware of the allegations prior to the New Yorker article and had not changed in his support of Kavanaugh. "Enough is enough. Brett Kavanaugh needs to withdraw immediately".

Rachel O'Leary Carmona of the Women's March echoed Fallon. "Brett was laughing", she said. "His nomination was an affront to women from the start, and any continuation of these hearings will be seen by women as a war on survivors of sexual assault".

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