Second woman accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of misconduct

Danny Woods
September 25, 2018

On Friday, President Donald Trump deviated from his previously measured comments about Ford's allegations, saying in a series of tweets that his Supreme Court nominee is "under assault by radical left wing politicians". She said in an interview that she and Farrow last teamed up in May to produce a story about sexual harassment allegations against Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic attorney general of NY and a political foe of Trump.

Kavanaugh has denied both accusations.

The committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to hear from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who last week accused him of sexual assault in 1982. "This is a smear, plain and simple", he said in a statement issued by the White House Sunday night.

"The committee's majority staff learned the allegations made by Deborah Ramirez about Judge Kavanaugh from this evening's New Yorker report", Foy said in an email sent to reporters on Sunday.

If the answer to any one of the above is no, and Kavanaugh is confirmed despite credible evidence that he shouldn't be, then millions of women don't even need to ask who owns their bodies. It has also forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, to immediately postpone confirmation proceedings until the FBI could investigate.

One Democratic aide on the committee said senators have heard many rumors but did not have details about Ramirez's specific allegation before the story was published.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec called the accusation a "coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

Some Republicans, including President Trump, have accused her and Democratic politicians of deliberately trying to delay and obstruct the judge's confirmation using the allegations.

MARTIN: Just very briefly, Senator, Lindsey Graham said on Fox it doesn't matter what he hears from Ford.

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The choice of a new justice for the Supreme Court is pivotal, as it often gives the final word on highly contentious laws, with an vast impact on USA public life. The Judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people whom Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party where the alleged assault took place - Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser.

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Republicans had been bullish about Kavanaugh's chances to ride out the storm, given that Ford did not appear to have any corroborating witnesses ready to testify.

Senator Orrin Hatch, a Republican member of the committee, blamed Democrats for the new allegation. So far, no Republican senators have said they would vote against Kavanaugh.

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something - anything - that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring", Judge Kavanaugh said in his letter.

She says they were both taking part in a drinking game at a dormitory party where people sat in a circle and selected others to drink.

"I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as "PJ" who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post", Smyth said in his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Conway's rhetoric echoes Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

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