Iowa Republicans Rally Christian Coalition Behind Brett Kavanaugh

Danny Woods
September 24, 2018

The New Yorker magazine reported that Senate Democrats were investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Mr Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Mr Kavanaugh's first at Yale University.

"The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh", said Kerri Kupec, a spokesperson for the White House.

The allegation is the latest twist in Mr Kavanaugh's already heated confirmation battle, which is set for a dramatic hearing this week involving a university professor who recently came forward accusing him of assaulting her when they were high schoolers. Four Democratic Senators have been informed and at least two are investigating, according to a bombshell new story by The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, say they have committed to a hearing on Thursday (Friday NZT).

Grassley's counsel said in a note to Ford's lawyers that "the Chairman asked me to relay again that he will do everything in his power to provide a safe, comfortable and dignified forum for Dr. Ford to testify".

Trump said that he would not likely be able to convince Democrats to vote for Kavanaugh, which means he would need the support of nearly every Republican in the Senate. "Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

A White House spokeswoman adds in a second statement that the allegation is 'designed to tear down a good man'.

The New York Times reports that Kavanaugh, who faces new allegations of another assault in college, kept a calendar that shows he was away from home for most of the summer in 1982.

The former friend who was married to the male classmate alleged to be involved, and who signed the statement, said of Ramirez, "This is a woman I was best friends with". And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else. "I am with him all the way", Trump said after he arrived in NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

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Kavanaugh will also address the committee on Thursday, the newspapers report.

"I just don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #metoo movement", she said, using the popular name for the wave of women who have shared stories of being victims of sexual assault and misconduct, particularly in the workplace. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, told the New Yorker.

Before President Trump's nominee can be approved for the vacant seat on the USA top court, he has to be approved by the 20-person Senate Judiciary Committee and then the whole Senate.

What is the new allegation against Mr Kavanaugh? An investigation needs to be conducted as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background investigation by career professionals at the FBI - not partisan staff of the Committee.

The statement from attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich came after a call Sunday with staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The White House is approaching Ms Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Mr Kavanaugh's chances but could further energise female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

In many ways, Republicans have remained in the political driver's seat since Ford came forward with her allegation that Kavanaugh corralled her in a room at a boozy house party, covered her mouth and attempted to force himself on her.

"I have no memory of this alleged incident", said Mark Judge in a September 18 letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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