Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Trump stands by Kavanaugh amid new sexual assault allegations

Trump stands by Kavanaugh amid new sexual assault allegations

Even if Republicans lose their Senate majority, they could still have time to confirm a nominee in a post-election lame duck session, but the GOP has not indicated that is under consideration.

'When I first learned that Brett Kavanaugh was on the short-list of nominees to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, prior to the President's selection among a list of what seemed to me as similarly-qualified candidates, I contacted my Congressperson's office in an attempt to provide information that could be useful to you and the President when making the selection from among a list of candidates, ' she wrote.

Sitting beside his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh - her first appearance since the allegations surfaced - the judge was given free rein to deny accusations that have now been leveled against him by two named women in addition to a third whose identity and detailed claims still remain elusive.

Earlier, Mr Trump has staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh said President Trump called him Monday afternoon to tell him he's standing by him.

The president's comments come less than a day after Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court was further imperiled by new accusations of assault. She says Kavanaugh, who at the time was her classmate at Yale University, exposed himself to her and thrust his penis in her face during a party. He added, "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

It's the second bombshell accusation against Kavanaugh, who is in the midst of tumultuous confirmation process.

But Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, apparently believed the charges against him required an unprecedented defense, and he responded Monday with the interview and a fierce letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

Correspondingly, Senate Democrats are calling for proceedings to halt and want the FBI to investigate.

Careful not to assail Ford but firm in his denial, he said, "I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone".

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Ford and Kavanaugh will now appear at a panel hearing on Thursday, with Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court hanging in the balance.

On Monday morning, the Montgomery County Sentinel reported that investigators were looking at a possibly fourth woman's allegation of sexual misconduct from Kavanaugh's senior year in high school.

Neither of Kavanaugh's accusers have said their encounters with him included sexual intercourse.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and plans to defend himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".

'I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and other Senators directly, person to person, to tell you what occurred, ' Ford wrote. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out".

Ramirez admitted that her memory of the incident was a little bit fuzzy, but she remembered Kavanaugh laughing. Asked about Ramirez' allegation, Kavanaugh said, "I never did any such thing", and said that such an incident, had it happened, "would have been the talk of campus".

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man". He said that in the near future Kavanaugh "will be voted on here on the Senate floor, up or down".

Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations.

"I know there's pent-up demand for women to get their day, women who have been sexually harassed and sexually assaulted - and I personally am very aggrieved for all of them - but we can not put decades of pent-up demand for women to feel whole on one man's shoulders", Conway said.

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