Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Trump backs Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh despite lurid sex claims

Trump backs Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh despite lurid sex claims

Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a FOX News interview, on Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.

At least two women have directly accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school or college.

In a clip from Kavanaugh's Fox News interview with Martha MacCallum, Kavanaugh, which is set to air later Monday night, he says, "I've never sexually assaulted anyone".

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. Reportedly, dozens of student protesters at Yale Law School, Kavanaugh's alma mater, also protested the confirmation, opposing a "hasty, biased, and incomplete investigation of the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations", according to the Cut.

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".

Kavanaugh's firm denials on Monday ― as well as his unusual decision to address the allegations in a television interview with his wife by his side ― also appeared to give Republicans some reassurance about firmly sticking by their nominee despite not yet having heard Blasey's testimony and the possibility that more allegations involving Kavanaugh could surface in the future. He said Trump called him in the afternoon to show his support.

The New Yorker said the allegation came to the attention of Democratic senators through a civil rights lawyer.

The New Yorker said it contacted Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Kavanaugh.

Two other Senate Republicans, Lindsey Graham of SC and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, are also urging a vote after the hearing with Ford.

Brett Kavanaugh accuser to give evidence before Senate
A Senate Republican aide told CNN Friday that a special counsel would prevent the politicization of Ford's questioning. Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday , and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests.

Mr Trump, himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, twice offered words of support for Mr Kavanaugh while in NY to attend the UN General Assembly. And to that list I would add Supreme Court nominees.

MACCALLUM: Michael Avenatti says that he has significant evidence and another accuser, who claims that you and Mark Judge, at multiple house parties in the Washington D.C. area during the 1980s, would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol and drugs to allow a train of men to subsequently gang-rape them.

Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and has asked that the FBI investigate her claim, and yet, Republican Senators have casted doubt on her account, stating they will advance Kavanaugh's nomination proceedings regardless of her allegations. "This is a smear, plain and simple".

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would investigate Ramirez's accusation.

Trump, at the United Nations in NY, declared that Kavanaugh is "outstanding", and added, "I am with him all the way".

The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn't remember the party. We have also repeatedly made it clear that policy disagreements are not a valid reason to vote against him.

Kavanaugh told Fox News he was not present at a party like the one described by Ford and noted that others Ford said were at the gathering had no recollection of it.

Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.

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.

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