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

Tanya Cunningham
September 25, 2018

Trump, speaking in NY where he was attending the United Nations annual assembly, threw his full weight behind Kavanaugh whose once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct from his school and university days. "This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say", she added. "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school".

A person working on Kavanaugh's confirmation backed up the Times account of the calendars to The Associated Press.

McConnell also spoke on the Senate floor Monday afternoon to attack Democrats for bringing the accusations after Kavanaugh's hearings had already wrapped up.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in the 1980s when both were teenagers.

The vote for his confirmation has been postponed by Democrats, who demand an investigation into the allegations.

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"I'm looking for a fair process", he said, "a process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name".

On Monday, protesters staged a national #BelieveSurvivors walkout at their places of work in solidarity with Dr Ford and Ms Ramirez. Kavanaugh has denied that event as well, through a statement from The White House.

"There's a chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate but I am with Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in NY.

The year-old #MeToo movement against sexual harassment also has politicians wary of angering women voters.

Senate Republicans should stand up to these unsubstantiated and discredited allegations and move forward with a vote to confirm Kavanaugh.


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. The move is without parallel, as every Supreme Court nominee in recent memory has avoided media interviews during the Senate confirmation process.

"Brett Kavanaugh's history with women shows he is 100 percent unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and he should withdraw immediately", Carmona said in a statement.

"That's correct", Kavanaugh replied, adding that he did not have sex until "many years after" college.

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

Bipartisan Judiciary Committee staff will interview Ramirez privately about her allegation, said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican.

Grassley's counsel said in a note to Ford's lawyers that "the Chairman asked me to relay again that he will do everything in his power to provide a safe, comfortable and dignified forum for Dr. Ford to testify".

If Kavanaugh is rejected, there are three other judges - Amy Coney Barrett, Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman - who were widely reported to be shortlisted in the selection process. She says both she and Kavanaugh were intoxicated at the time and that she wasn't entirely sure of her memories. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, detailing her allegation against Kavanaugh, "so that what it said could have been considered in August and during the week of September 4, when the committee hearing was held, including a senators-only session of the hearing".

The New Yorker says the claim dates back to the 1983-84 academic school year, when he exposed himself to a woman named Deborah Ramirez at a dorm room party.

"I'm sitting here because I love him, and I respect him, and I honor what he's been through and what we've been through together", said Hillary Clinton in 1992 when she and her husband went on TV to address rumors of his infidelities.

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