Kavanaugh tells US senators he will not withdraw nomination

Kavanaugh tells US senators he will not withdraw nomination

Kavanaugh tells US senators he will not withdraw nomination

It has been a week since the first bombshell allegation was leveled against USA supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a court of appeals judge whose nomination by Trump was panned by this news outlet when it was first announced back in July.

Since Ford came forward, and amid Ramirez's story being shared publicly, one other woman has come forward with accounts of Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge assaulting women in high school and college. He said he did not question that perhaps Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted, "but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone". He added, "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when both were in high school and at a party in the early 1980s; she came forward in an article published September 16. Ramirez's accusation seems to have emboldened participants.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY again called for an FBI investigation for the allegations - a step Trump and the GOP have rejected - and said on the Senate floor that McConnell "is afraid of what might come out, what the truth is". In the letter, Ford said she faced death threats and was relying on her lawyers and Grassley to "agree to conditions that will allow me to testify in a fair setting".

"The committee's majority staff learned the allegations made by Deborah Ramirez about Judge Kavanaugh from this evening's New Yorker report", Grassley said.

But in his defense of Kavanaugh and of the Supreme Court nomination process, McConnell's complaints are transparently hypocritical, as CNN host Brooke Baldwin pointed out Monday in response to a speech from the Senate majority leader.

Brett Kavanaugh insisted Monday he won't let his accusers intimidate him into withdrawing his nomination to the Supreme Court, calling a spate of new and as-yet unsubstantiated allegations against him a "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

"Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, just made a decision to lecture Democrats for their actions involving a Supreme Court nominee", said Baldwin.

"I was not at the party described", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh is considered more conservative than Kennedy and liberals have feared that if he is confirmed, the Supreme Court will shift considerably to the right.

Democratic staffers on the Judiciary Committee who did not work for Feinstein contacted Bennet's office asking for a connection for Ramirez should she decide to come forward with allegations about Kavanaugh, the spokesperson said.

Kavanaugh and his Republican allies portrayed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have fought his nomination from the outset.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican and a key swing vote, told reporters on Monday that she would like the woman who came forward in the New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez, to be interviewed under oath by Senate investigators.

During the almost 14-minute interview, Kavanaugh previewed the defense he is likely to put forward at Thursday's hearing, where he and Ford are scheduled to testify.

Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley of OR and Ed Markey of MA, in messages on Twitter Sunday night, called on Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

His wife sat beside him, looking equally uncomfortable, and not quite sure what to say.

Dr Ford said she is absolutely certain Mr Kavanaugh was her attacker.

The lawyers for Ford want the committee to hear from other witnesses, including a person who conducted a polygraph of Ford earlier this year, the person familiar with the talks said. He has also said that the absence of a note on his 1982 calendar about the party at which he allegedly assaulted Blasey Ford backed up his denial.

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