Grassley Slams Democrats For 'Withholding Information' On Kavanaugh Allegations

25 September, 2018, 08:19 | Author: Kenneth Collins
  • Totally political’ Trump defends Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations

US President Donald Trump on Monday branded sexual assault allegations that threaten to bring down his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "totally political", hardening his position ahead of an explosive Senate showdown.

The New Yorker reported Sunday that Democrats in the Senate are investigating a new accusation stemming from Kavanuagh's time at Yale University involving a fellow student, Deborah Ramirez, now 53.

But the full Fox News interview reveals Kavanaugh was not referring to the Ford and Ramirez allegations.

The interview came a day after the New Yorker magazine published the account of Ramirez in which she alleged Kavanaugh exposed himself to her without consent during a drunken party at Yale University in the 1980s.

In his letter, Kavanaugh said that those who are alleged to have witnessed the two events say either that they have no recollection, or that they simply did not happen. "I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. (Christine Blasey) 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".

Judge Kavanaugh has already released a statement denying the allegation.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will appear on Fox News amid a new wave of allegations made against the Supreme Court nominee.

Senate Republicans must not allow unsubstantiated and discredited allegations from over three decades ago to destroy the life and reputation of a good man.

Additionally, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels, claims he has evidence Kavanaugh participated in multiple gang rapes in high school.

Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley Kavanaugh answer questions during a FOX News interview with Martha MacCallum, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.

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The judiciary committee that needs to approve Kavanaugh's confirmation has a narrow 11-10 Republican majority, but Sen.

That declaration, remarkable for a nominee to the nation's highest court, came as Republicans embraced their newly aggressive stance and Kavanaugh's prospects dangled precariously.

Kavanaugh did not claim that he couldn't have assaulted Ford and Ramirez because he was a virgin in high school and college.

Speaking at the United Nations in NY on Monday, Mr Trump said Brett Kavanaugh is "outstanding", adding: "I am with him all the way".

It came just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. "There's a hearing on Thursday", she said. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, had set several deadlines since Friday for Ford to decide whether and how she would testify before the panel. "A quiet, serious, thorough background check (of Judge Kavanaugh) by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

Ford wrote the letter to Grassley on September 22, while she was still in ongoing negotiations with the Republican-led committee to testify against Kavanaugh. But the judge said he never drank so much that he could not recall what happened while he was intoxicated.

One issue that appeared to have been resolved in Sunday's hourlong phone call between Judiciary staff and Ford's lawyers was the committee's refusal to subpoena Mark Judge, the other person Ford alleges was in the room when the assault occurred. And yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion and people generally in high school - I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit, but that's not what we're talking about. In order to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh's nomination must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican Party narrowly controls 51-49.

"This is starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday on "CBS This Morning" as part of a coordinated effort to play down the accusations.


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