Trump Supreme Court nominee rejects 'false accusations'

Trump Supreme Court nominee rejects 'false accusations'

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.

One woman told The New Yorker in an article Sunday that the federal appeals court judge sexually assaulted her at a college party in the 1980s. And McConnell said that Thursday's Judiciary Committee hearing would proceed and that full Senate consideration would follow "in the near future", though he mentioned no date. Kavanaugh wrote in the letter that the allegations against him are "smears, pure and simple". The last-minute character assassination will not succeed. The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. Susan Collins of ME, one of a few moderate Republicans whose votes will determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Things aren't looking so good for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"All I'm asking for is a fair process, where I can be heard", Kavanaugh said.

He also questioned the political motivations of the lawyers representing the women, saying "you should look into the lawyers doing the representation".

"I felt agony yet urgency and a civic duty to let it be known, in a confidential manner, prior to the nominee being selected", Ford wrote.

In the September 22 letter, obtained by CNN, Ford said her decision to first report the alleged assault to her congresswoman, California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, "was a very hard one, but I felt that this was something that a citizen couldn't NOT do".

Her allegations come after Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school, pinning her down on a bed and covering her mouth when she tried to scream.

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Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS that the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

On Sunday, The New Yorker dropped a bombshell story with an additional allegation against Kavanaugh from Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as him. Keyser told The Washington Post that although she did not recall the party, she believed Ford, whom she described as a friend.

Ignoring calls from Democrats who want at least a delay on a confirmation vote, the White House and congressional Republicans are showing no signs of abandoning Kavanaugh. Russell Wheeler, an expert on the judicial selection process at the Brookings Institution, said he is unaware of a similar media interview by a Supreme Court nominee in the past 100 years.

Ford's claim against Kavanaugh surfaced after the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up his confirmation hearings, and has already delayed a vote on his confirmation.

Late Sunday, a second woman - Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh's - came forward with claims that he exposed himself to her and shoved his penis in her face at a dorm room party in their freshman year at the Ivy League school.

McConnell's speech came as the controversy over Kavanaugh's confirmation took another twist when a new accusation landed late Sunday in a report from The New Yorker.

"While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions", Ford said. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.

The New Yorker piece touches on the fact that Republican staffers knew about the allegations last week. "I am the leader in the entire country of promoting women law clerks to get Supreme Court clerkships", he said.

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