Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political:' Trump

  • Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political:' Trump

Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political:' Trump

Tensions rose and tempers frayed Tuesday as the White House, Senate Republicans and Democrats and lawyers for two women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s neared a showdown.

A week earlier California professor Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh tried to tear her clothes off in an assault during a party around 1982 when both were students at elite private high schools in Washington.

If Kavanaugh's nomination is approved by the committee, it would be brought to the Senate floor, where a vote in the full chamber would determine if he secures a position on the Supreme Court following accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct and a contentious review of his judicial philosophy and career.

The committee scheduled the vote as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday he was moving forward with Kavanaugh's nomination. She says her experience has pushed her to back Kavanaugh's accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who goes by Christine Blasey professionally.

Trump also claimed on Tuesday that the Kavanaugh allegations were part of Senate Democrats' efforts to "delay and obstruct" the judge's confirmation.

The reporters also said they couldn't confirm with other witnesses that Kavanaugh was at the party at which Ramirez alleges his misconduct took place. Ford has agreed to testify on Thursday, after almost a week of fraught negotiations with chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Chuck Grassley. All along, Kavanaugh's defenders denounced all these calls for Federal Bureau of Investigation involvement as a mere dilatory tactic by Democrats to delay the judge's confirmation.

There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects.

Sanders said that Kavanaugh has had "lifetime of a record of empowering and respecting women and have seen hundreds of women that know him and know him well come out and say exactly that". "I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people".

He said he "did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

"Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court justice because of this", the president added in a sarcastic tone, according to The New York Times.

His reputation took another blow, however, when his former Yale roommate James Roche said he believed Ramirez.

Trump blasted Democrats and accused them of "playing a con game" in order to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The second accusation against Kavanaugh was reported by the New Yorker and dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House is open to having Ramirez testify before the Senate.

But the allegations have left some Republican senators - especially two women who have spoken out in the past about sexual abuse of women - under pressure to weigh the accusers' stories.

"Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man's personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated", he said.

"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters while at the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

"Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person". There's no universe in which the feds would pick a needless fight with #MeToo by attempting to jail someone who admittedly can't firmly recall the specifics of an alleged sexual assault.

"We're talking about allegations of sexual assault", Kavanaugh told Martha MacCallum of Fox News during a joint interview with his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh.