Brett Kavanaugh says he was a virgin in high school

Danny Woods
September 25, 2018

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said he will not step aside after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct decades ago, with President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans showing no signs of relenting in their push for his Senate confirmation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as a claim of sexual misconduct emerged from another woman. Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii, told the magazine. "And now it's clear to me it wasn't a joke".

Judge Kavanaugh, in his Fox News interview, repeatedly refused to speculate on motives behind the allegations, telling host Martha MacCallum that he's only looking for a fair hearing and an opportunity to defend his integrity. About Ramirez's claim, which allegedly took place at Yale, Kavanaugh twice said it would have been the "talk of campus" if it had actually happened.

Hatch and Lindsey Graham of SC, both senior GOP Judiciary panel members, said in separate statements Monday that the hearing with Ford should go ahead Thursday as planned, and then the committee should vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"These are smears, pure and simple". Kavanaugh denied the allegation.

Ford is set to testify before the Judiciary Committee about her allegation on Thursday.

Earlier Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said lawyers for Ford were contesting two GOP conditions - that Ford and Kavanaugh would be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel would ask the questions.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", he wrote.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was the first to come forward publicly with allegations against Kavanaugh, accusing him of pinning her to a bed while drunk at a house party and attempting to remove her clothing. "In my opinion, it's totally political". Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a dormitory party. "Neither she nor her legal representative have contacted the chairman's office". Grassley released the letter on Monday, along with a letter from Kavanaugh himself in which he flatly denies Ford's allegations. Now that the story is public, it will be looked into, the aide said. Ramirez's accusation seems to have emboldened participants.

Kavanaugh's nomination hangs precariously. Kennedy was the frequently the court's swing vote. "Many years after. I'll leave it at that", Kavanaugh said.

A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination.

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On Sunday, the New Yorker magazine reported an allegation by a second woman.

Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false" and in a statement provided by the White House Sunday night said the incident described by Ramirez "did not happen".

For survivors and the people who care about them, the message is crushing and familiar: Your experience doesn't matter.

The source pointed to the timing, coming out after Kavanaugh's hearing and after a delay in the committee vote, adding that thus far the allegations are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.

Neither of Kavanaugh's accusers have said their encounters with him included sexual intercourse.

Even though three women have accused SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of serious sexual misconduct, he used his wife Ashley to vouch that he's a good guy who would never do what has been alleged.

"Enough is enough", Fallon said in a statement.

But she added that by appearing on Fox News, a favorite of conservatives, Kavanaugh "is making his appeal on what many perceive as a highly partisan platform".

Rachel O'Leary Carmona of the Women's March echoed Fallon.

Across the US, people have documented their walkout efforts with the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag, sharing photos of themselves leaving their workplaces in solidarity with sexual assault survivors, and urging others to listen to these people's personal accounts of assault and subsequent trauma.

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