Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Second Woman Claims Sexual Misconduct by Kavanaugh

Second Woman Claims Sexual Misconduct by Kavanaugh

The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford's desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out".

Kavanaugh has faced two allegations of sexual misconduct that, according to the accusers, occurred decades ago.

The nationwide protests - signified by the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors - came just a day after new allegations of an assault involving Kavanaugh came to light.

Despite the forceful rhetoric by Kavanaugh and his GOP supporters, it remained unclear how three moderate Republican senators - Maine's Susan Collins, Arizona's Jeff Flake and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - would react to the latest accusation.

Trump told reporters Monday after signing a new trade agreement with South Korea at the United Nations General Assembly in NY that "we hope he is going to be confirmed". I look forward to answering questions from the Senate on Thursday.

President Trump on Monday stood by Brett Kavanaugh amid newly raised allegations from another woman who claims, without corroboration from witnesses, that the U.S. Supreme Court nominee exposed himself to her at a party while they were students at Yale University.

Christine Blasey Ford was the first woman to come forward, claiming that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party.

Neither allegation has been corroborated, and Kavanaugh has issued strong denials to both.

At the United Nations Monday, the president said accusations against Kavanaugh are politically driven and based on "highly unsubstantiated statements".

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The New Yorker article was co-written by Ronan Farrow, whose reportage around disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was key in opening the floodgates of the #MeToo movement, along with another reporter Jane Mayer.

The New Yorker reported that a former student who said she was best friends with Ramirez said she never told her about the incident despite their close friendship. The other allegation is from a woman named Deborah Ramirez who accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself at a dorm party during his freshmen year at Yale. Ramirez's accusation seems to have emboldened participants.

Democrats appear to be "more interested in a political takedown" than "pursuing allegations through a bipartisan and professional" investigation, the statement said. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), nevertheless responded properly-in contrast to Democratic senators-to the allegations when they first arose. After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney", she felt confident enough to go public, the report said. Ramirez and her attorney could not be reached for comment on the record. The magazine said that when they initially spoke with Ramirez she was hesitant to confirm that Kavanaugh was involved in the incident noting that there are gaps in her memory of the party due to inebriation. Dianne Feinstein of California, dated July 30, Ford recalls a party in the early 1980s where she says a drunken Kavanaugh pushed her on a bed, stifled her screams and tried to undress her before she escaped. And he noticed a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday morning before the Judiciary Committee. As of this publishing, no Republican Senators have expressed opposition to his nomination.

"I don't believe Brett Kavanaugh should serve on the Supreme Court".

The agreement and the latest accusation set the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story.

With increasing intensity, Republicans have attacked the credibility of Ford's and now Ramirez' accounts.

Ford committed to an "open" hearing after negotiators convened a call on Sunday, her attorneys said in a statement. A breakthrough came over the weekend as Ford agreed to testify.

Ford's lawyers said it was still unclear as of Sunday who will ask questions, as Republicans were trying to hire an outside female counsel for the role.

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