Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Trump leads aggressive, all-out GOP drive to save Kavanaugh

Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein during Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing Second woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick
Angelica Greene | 26 September, 2018, 18:59

Judge Brett Kavanaugh will appear on Fox News amid a new wave of allegations made against the Supreme Court nominee. "I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. 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".

The New Yorker published a bombshell story Sunday ahead of Kavanaugh's Thursday hearing in D.C., where he's already set to face-off against Christine Blasey Ford. who has accused him of a sexual assault when they were both in high school.

In his statement Sunday, Kavanaugh said he is looking forward "to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building-against these last-minute allegations".

The Kentucky Republican said Democrats "signaled for months" that they would put on "whatever performance the far-left commanded" as part of their "resistance" campaign against President Trump and the GOP.

Mr Kavanaugh, 53, an appellate court judge, has denied Ms Ford's allegation and said he wanted to testify as soon as possible to clear his name.

Kavanaugh is President Trump's choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

"It's very hard. It's very hard to have these conversations with your children, which we've had to have some broader terms for our youngest", Ashley said.

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Ford, a research psychologist in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s. Grassley had said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.

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A Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Those calendars, he says, don't show a party consistent with Ford's description of the gathering in which she says he attacked her, The New York Times reported Sunday.

A White House spokeswoman says the administration stands by the nominee, labelling the allegation "the latest in coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down". The magazine says she described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine. "I was never at any such party", Kavanaugh said.

President Donald Trump is standing by his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the face of sexual misconduct allegations from at least two women.

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

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway held a conference call with supporters during which she said there was a "vast left-wing conspiracy" to prevent Kavanaugh from winning confirmation, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private call. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) regarding her allegations against Kavanaugh was dated July 30. Taylor Foy, a spokesman, complained that Democrats had "actively withheld information" from the Republicans until now.

Stalling Kavanaugh's confirmation vote past October 1 would see the nominee miss the start of the Supreme Court's term; and stalling it past November's midterm elections could give Democrats a fighting chance of taking back a majority in the Senate and shooting it down entirely.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrangled with Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance. All three people have denied that they witnessed or remembered the incident Ford recalls.

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