President Trump: Sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh 'totally political'

President Trump: Sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh 'totally political'

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was hit by a second accusation of sexual misconduct on Sunday, leaving Republicans scrambling to save a confirmation that until recently had seemed all but certain.

Both Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday for a public hearing to address Ford's accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday.

Trump emphasized that Kavanaugh's young daughters, Margaret and Liza, are "devastated" by the accusations against their father. This statement came just hours after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would be open to allowing Ramirez to testify as part of the confirmation process. I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I can not imagine her making this up, ' he wrote.

Mr Kavanaugh said Dr Ford's friend does not remember being at a party with him, nor has anyone corroborated the accuser's story.

"She said well it might not be him, and there were gaps, and she was totally inebriated and all messed up", Trump told reporters.

If Republicans do not have a judge confirmed before the midterm elections, there also is the chance that Democrats could gain a majority in the Senate.

"As the President of a great country, Colombia, you must say, 'How is this possible?'" Trump asked the Colombian president.

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said.

"The other people who were alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party. I'm not going anywhere". "I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", Kavanaugh said. "But I can not dispute Ramirez's allegations, as I was not present".

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of a handful of Senate Republicans undecided on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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Here are early excerpts from the prerecorded interview, as provided by Fox News.

The following week, I responded to more than 1,200 written questions, more than have been submitted to all previous Supreme Court nominees combined. His family has suffered.

Mormon Women for Ethical Government, which is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the allegations are serious and the Senate shouldn't rush Kavanaugh's vote.

- Brett Kavanaugh's ex-freshman roommate at Yale issued a written statement on Tuesday, after a woman in a New Yorker article accused the Supreme Court nominee of pulling down his trousers 35 years ago and thrusting himself in her face.

"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said in an interview published in the Washington Post last week that Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.

"Who is going to want to go before this system to be a Supreme Court [justice] or to be a judge or to be even a politician?"

"This shameful smear campaign has hit a new low", McConnell said, recalling that Democrats had promised to stop a generational rightward shift on the Supreme Court by "any means" available. Jeff Flake, a Republican on the committee, has expressed concerns over the sexual assault allegations.

In the event that Kavanaugh's nomination does not go through, Trump might in turn nominate one of these judges, who were chosen from a list of 25 judges selected by the conservative Federalist Society.