Trump questions credibility of second Kavanaugh accuser

Trump questions credibility of second Kavanaugh accuser

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS that the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Debbie Ramirez, Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser.

He said it's troubling to see an eminently qualified candidate like Kavanaugh have his name dragged through the mud, and he suggested it could have negative consequences in the future.

Ramirez admitted to the New Yorker that there are gaps in her memory of the incident, and that she expects her memories to be questioned as she had been under the influence of alcohol.

Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum" after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct. Trump also called Kavanaugh a "high quality person" and argued that Democrats are "playing a con game".

President Donald Trump arrives with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, and National Security Advisor John Bolton, left, at the United Nations on September 24, 2018.

For Trump, getting the conservative Kavanaugh into the lifetime appointment would cement his mission to shift the court to the right for years to come.

"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever". But what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any time in my life. "She thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not".

"We have done it because we want to depoliticize the whole process like the Democrats politicized the Anita Hill thing", Grassley said.

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Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who favor abortion rights and haven't endorsed Kavanaugh.

On Kavanaugh, Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".

Yet GOP senators acknowledge the hearing Thursday with Kavanaugh and Ford is a do-or-die moment. "The goal should be to develop the relevant facts, not try a case".

And two former Yale classmates of Kavanaugh took issue Tuesday with his claims that he did not drink excessively or take part in abusing women during his university years.

"He is a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers", Trump said in comments broadcast on CNN. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R -Ky.) called the allegations against Kavanaugh a "smear campaign" on the Senate floor Monday.

Kavanaugh told Fox News, "I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone".

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

To skirt that challenge, Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Tuesday that Republicans had recruited an unnamed female lawyer to question Blasey Ford on their behalf.

Kavanaugh is set to testify Thursday at a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "They know it's a con game", he said.

It doesn't take much reading between the lines anymore to decipher that top Senate Republicans want to confirm Brett M. Kavanaugh no matter what his accuser (or accusers) tell Congress on Thursday.