Donald Trump says second Brett Kavanaugh accuser was ‘inebriated’ and ‘messed up’

Minnie Murray
September 26, 2018

Since it coalesced around accusations against Harvey Weinstein, the movement has toppled many prominent abusers in Hollywood, journalism and politics.

"We're looking for the truth here", he said. "I think people say we're at a tipping point". "I think his conduct on the courts since verifies that.". A little more than a quarter (27 percent) say his nomination does not make any difference to their vote.

The tension began as soon as the allegations emerged.

Kavanaugh and his first accuser Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify about the allegations before a Senate panel on Thursday morning.

On Monday, women and their supporters from across the USA walked out of their offices, business and homes to support Ford and Ramirez, as well as all women who have shared stories of sexual assault. Patty Murry, a Democrat from Washington, said at a press conference. But it's not clear whether that will happen, or whether the Senate Judiciary Committee is interested in hearing her story.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual and physical assault while the two were at a party during their high school years. His nomination and the claims of sexual misconduct have stirred up women and liberal voters whose antipathy to Republicans has already been heightened by Trump's policies and his own fraught history of alleged sexual transgressions. He and Ford are scheduled to testify on Thursday.

Bromwich also said it was hard to conclude that the upcoming hearing will be "fair and credible", which is what the Committee has sought, given that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is calling the accusations against Kavanaugh part of a Democratic Party "smear campaign".

Yet GOP senators acknowledge the hearing Thursday with Kavanaugh and Ford is a do-or-die moment.

"Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person".

The Republican-controlled committee, led by 11 men, on Tuesday said it had hired a female lawyer to question Ford. Instead, they've suggested Ford is confused, merely misremembering the episode. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.

Fox News is told Democrats were told about the call only about 15 minutes before it happened and had effectively no time to prepare.

"The Democrats are playing a con game".

The Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, and Republicans are under intense political pressure from conservatives to confirm Kavanaugh amid warnings that failure could cost the GOP in November's midterm elections.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was defiant, speaking confidently about Kavanaugh's prospects, assailing Democrats and casting the nominee as a victim of "the weaponization of unsubstantiated smears". He says she covered her mouth to prevent her screams after he pinned her on a bed.

Protesters rally in front of the Supreme Court while demonstrating against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the court September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who said she had a consensual liaison with President Trump, says he has another client who will accuse Kavanaugh of participating in gang rapes as a teenager.

"You said in your letter that you intend to provide a "fair and credible process" that provides Dr. Blasey Ford "fair and respectful treatment, '" Bromwich wrote".

As of Tuesday afternoon, a Republican aide told Fox News the committee reserves its right to have counsel ask questions of Ford but beyond that has not determined how to proceed.

In his declaration, Russell Ford says his wife first shared the details of a sexual assault during a couple's therapy session in 2012.

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