Committee to look into second woman's accusation

Tanya Cunningham
September 26, 2018

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018.

"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. According to a story by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez is a woman who attended Yale with Kavanaugh and is claiming that Kavanaugh got naked at a dorm party and tried to put his penis on her and proceeded with additional sexual assault. That's part of an aggressive drive by President Donald Trump and top Republicans to rally the public and GOP senators behind Kavanaugh's teetering nomination. Trump is staunchly defending Kavanaugh against a new allegation of sexual misconduct, calling the accusations "totally political".

The allegations, dating back to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation to the top US court in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away.

"All of us deserve fair treatment, and respect and recognition", a speaker from the National Center for Combatting Domestic Violence told nearly 1,000 people gathered in front of the Supreme Court. He also added that trains were being ran when Kavanaugh was present.

"We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it - and we did not". There are 21 members of the Senate Judiciary Committee - 11 conservative Republican men and 10 Democrats.

"This 35-year-old uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down", said Kupec. But after consultation with a lawyer, Ramirez told the magazine she felt confident enough in her recollection that it happened.

"We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions", the attorneys for Ms Ford said.

The New Yorker reported Republican staffers were aware of the Ramirez accusation as they worked toward votes by the committee and the full Senate to confirm Kavanaugh before the new Supreme Court session begins next Monday.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Ford also claims that Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge was in the room during the alleged attack. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, to immediately postpone confirmation proceedings until the FBI could investigate.

"Following Dr Ford's testimony, Judge Kavanaugh will appear again before the committee", the committee said in a statement. Ford's attorneys have said their client wants senators to ask the questions.

There's precedent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into sexual misconduct allegations of Supreme Court nominees. But the benefit for Kavanaugh's accusers is that investigators would interview witnesses under the threat of jail for lying, including those who have said they wouldn't testify before the Senate.

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