Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Susan Collins: Second Kavanaugh Accuser Should Speak with Senate Investigators

Susan Collins: Second Kavanaugh Accuser Should Speak with Senate Investigators

He spoke in support of Debbie Ramirez the second women to go on the record with claims of sexual misconduct against the Judge.

Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, has accused Kavanaugh of shoving his penis in her face at a party when they were undergraduates. This is a smear, plain and simple.

More than 100 students of Yale Law School, the alma mater of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, rallied in Washington, D.C., on Monday, September 24, to protest his nomination.

The three joined Yale law professor Akhil Amar, who once taught Kavanaugh and who also publicly endorsed his qualifications for the Supreme Court, in their collective assertion that there should be an investigation. Kavanaugh has denied the assault took place.

"The last-minute character assassination will not succeed", Kavanaugh wrote.

On Monday, students at Yale Law staged "sit-in" protests in the hallways of the CT college, refusing to go to class. Claims that Ramirez consulted with other people to clarify her recollections, Clune argued, "was just smart investigation to make sure that she wasn't remembering things inaccurately or by the passage of time".

Committee vote on Kavanaugh scheduled for Friday
About 200 people gathered in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington , chanting: "I believe Christine Ford ."U.S. Instead, they scheduled a judiciary committee vote for Friday, which will be followed by consideration by the full Senate.

John Clune, speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, said the accusations put forth by Ramirez have to be investigated by law enforcement officials, rather than lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee. An estimated 300 law school students donned black clothing and crowded the law school's halls in protest.

In Washington DC, a bus carried protesters to the Supreme Court and Senate buildings to demonstrate.

The Kavanaugh confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault. Kavanaugh has denied both allegations and the White House has continued to stand by him, with President Donald Trump on Monday calling the allegations "totally political". In a Fox News interview Monday night, Kavanaugh appeared alongside his wife and reiterated his denial of the allegations, and repeatedly asked for a fair process. The former student told the Guardian that she had reported the remarks to a Yale Law School administrator in June 2018 as part of a broader conversation about concerns about Chua and Rubenfeld's conduct. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Mr Avenatti said he will disclose his client's identity in the coming days and that she is prepared to give evidence before the committee, as well as provide names of corroborating witnesses.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative, eight public media companies including Rhode Island Public Radio joining together to tell stories of a changing region.

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