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New sexual-misconduct accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination

New sexual-misconduct accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination

Trump also criticised Democrats who held the letter containing Ford's allegations and did not make its contents public before Kavanaugh's hearings began.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would investigate Ms Ramirez's accusation.

Justice Kavanaugh already faces a separate allegation of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, who claims Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a drunken high school party in the early 1980s.

Her allegation comes as Democrats have called for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into claims made by Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward last week, alleging Judge Kavanaugh forced himself on her when the two were in high school roughly 36 years ago after drinking at a house party.

"I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", she said in a statement. The two eyewitnesses who denied the event, he added, were the ones "she alleged were egging Brett Kavanaugh on". He sent a second tweet specifying that this woman is not Ramirez. "This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats, created to tear down a good man", White House Spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.

"Simply put", Walsh said, "Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford".

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands. "When you're dealing with trauma, alcohol, many years in between, I would say the more cautious witnesses I have dealt with in cases like this, very frequently say 'I want to take time to decide'". The person said Kavanaugh would also appear.

A former student who was best friends with Ramirez said she never told her about the incident despite how close they were.

More news: Kellyanne Conway says Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford should be heard

One Republican senator, declining to be identified, called the developments published in The New Yorker "bizarre" and a series of "ugly allegations".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018.

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.

Today, Deborah Ramirez came forward with serious allegations of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh.

The New Yorker story has come under fire for its reporting after the New York Times said its reporters had interviewed "several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with first-hand knowledge".

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway says sexual misconduct allegations by two women against Brett Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy". The Senate Judiciary Committee's 11 Republicans - all men - have been seeking an outside female lawyer to interrogate Ford. Ford must testify first. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic in CT, said that she was shaken.

The call for support comes ahead of a showdown Thursday, as Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify openly before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The make-up of the nine-judge Supreme Court is crucial, as it has the final say on often highly contentious laws.


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