Brett Kavanaugh: New Sexual Assault Allegation Against Supreme Court Nominee Surfaces

25 Setiembre, 2018, 09:29 | Author: Gregg Anderson
  • Two women accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault throwing his Supreme Court nomination into jeopardy. Here's how events unfolded

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said on Monday he would not step aside after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct decades ago, with President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans showing no signs of relenting in their push for his Senate confirmation. The alleged incident took place during the 1983-'84 academic year at Yale University.

"There is one simple way to get to the bottom of this", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.

Ashley Kavanaugh was asked whether she wondered if her husband was telling the truth about the allegations against him.

The White House distributed talking points for its supporters in an attempt to discredit the New Yorker story, saying that Democrats had embraced a "new standard of guilty until proven innocent".

Activists opposed to Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, are arrested on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 24, 2018. The Democratic Party has called for the vote to be postponed till the allegations of assault are investigated.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee's chairman, said on Sunday the committee will "evaluate" Ramirez's allegations against Kavanaugh. Taylor Foy, a Judiciary spokesman, complained that Democrats "actively withheld information" from the Republicans. "They have been more than fair to Professor Ford, and if they continue to capitulate to her lawyers, it will cost them in the November elections".

The New Yorker said Ramirez had hesitated to speak publicly, partly because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged episode and there were "gaps" in her memory.

"There's a chance that this could be one of the single-most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything", Trump said following a meeting Monday afternoon at the United Nations. The politically charged hearing has already been criticized by Democrats who are calling for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh's conduct.

He also presented an image of his character that departed radically from what was portrayed in the allegations, seemingly claiming his virginity at the time of the accusations as a defense. Let her say whatever she has to say.

Mr Avenatti said he will disclose his client's identity in the coming days and that she is prepared to give evidence before the committee, as well as provide names of corroborating witnesses.

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Kavanaugh's nomination hangs precariously. A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on his nomination. But one of the people said the president argued that the new charge showed why the White House should have fought back against Blasey from the beginning.

Deborah Ramirez, 53, separately claimed over the weekend that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a 1980s college party at Yale University, thrust his genitals in her face and caused her to touch them without her consent, according to The New Yorker.

Kavanaugh was questioned by committee staff last week.

"Accusing someone of gang rape is slander, per se", she said, adding that he should be concerned about his law license if that claim is ever litigated by an oversight board.

As he builds a case for his innocence, Kavanaugh plans to turn over to the committee calendars from the summer of 1982.

Fox News is President Donald Trump's favorite network, and he often critiques his aides when they appear there. "This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh". The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

The second accuser's allegation was published shortly after the judiciary panel had negotiated the terms of a hearing at which the first accuser, Christine Ford, will testify.

Protesters largely targeted senators who are key to Kavanaugh's potential confirmation to the Supreme Court.

After a dramatic week-long standoff, Kavanaugh's accuser Ford finally committed on Sunday to be questioned in a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is weighing Kavanaugh's nomination. Ford and Kavanaugh are expected to testify on Thursday.

"The Republicans need to stop aiding and abetting Chuck Schumer's extreme delay strategy", said Penny Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America, a conservative group, referring to the top Senate Democrat.



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