Trump unloads on Brett Kavanaugh accuser: 'She admits she was drunk'

Frederick Owens
September 26, 2018

With the GOP's Senate control hanging on a razor-thin 51-49 margin, defections by any two Republican senators would seal his fate if all Democrats vote "no".

But there's also an argument that Democrats are better off with a badly damaged Kavanaugh on the Court than with a new nominee. They asked to meet with her beforehand, but Republicans have not released her name. "We must respect these women and judge Kavanaugh by handling these allegations with seriousness", Schumer said on the Senate floor. Debra Katz, one of Ford's lawyers, asked by email.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), her legal team said it is "finding it hard to reconcile" his promise of a "fair and credible process" with everything we just outlined above. He refused Katz's request to resume negotiations by phone over details for the hearing.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party while both were college students at Yale University.

Kavanaugh has denied both allegations.

In a letter to Sen.

Attorney John Clune tweeted that he is in contact with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

President Donald Trump weighed in from the United Nations in NY, despite efforts by White House aides and other Republicans to keep him from roiling the waters.

Ms Ford accuses Mr Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers.

In the #MeToo era, when accounts by women of past sexual abuse have brought down a string of previously powerful men, Trump's defiant stand could not be more divisive, appalling many, but likely stirring his Republican base frustrated at what it sees as political correctness run amok. Patty Murry, a Democrat from Washington, said at a press conference. There's suspense right now as to whether he'll get 50 votes; if he does then the show's over and Americans stop paying attention.

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FAGEN: I don't believe it's possible that I don't know because I believe I know Brett very well.

The White House is approaching Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional appearance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also said they were unaware of the allegations before the New Yorker story was published. They want the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh and look into the allegations against him.

The woman they've hired as counsel is a prosecutor with expertise in sex crimes. Sen.

Shaunna Thomas, executive director of UltraViolet Action, a progressive groups that opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation, criticized the judge for choosing the "comfort of a partisan network" to air his denials.

Things aren't looking so good for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. At the same time, she noted that Kavanaugh has been "unequivocal in his denial" of sexual assault allegations.

Democrats say that is all the more reason to halt the nomination process and let the FBI, which carries out background investigations for candidates to high positions, investigate them.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is followed by reporters as he walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2018.

The article said Ms Ramirez acknowledges gaps in her memory caused by alcohol that night. Chuck Grassley (D-Iowa), chair of the committee, announced that he had scheduled a vote for Kavanaugh for Friday morning.

"I have never had any sexual or physical activity with Dr. Ford", Kavanaugh answered.

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