Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political:' Trump

Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political:' Trump

But there's nothing ordinary about the stakes and circumstances of Kavanaugh's nomination, with Republicans fighting to get him on the court by the end of September and cement a conservative-leaning court for years to come.

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.

"Certainly we would be open to that and that process could take place on Thursday", said Sanders.

Republicans have rejected any further delays in the confirmation process, which includes a committee vote followed by consideration by the full Senate.

As the hours ticked down to a historic hearing Thursday featuring Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a confirmation vote for Friday, in case the panel is prepared to vote then. For instance, her shrink noted that Ford told her there were "four boys" in the bedroom, not two as she now says.

Contributing: Eliza Collins, Nicole Gaudiano and Maureen Groppe in Washington; John Fritze in NY.

"Sen. Feinstein, D-Ca, just told me "I have no way of knowing" if Dr. Ford is actually going to show up to Kavanaugh hearing Thursday - if outside counsel is asking the questions", Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy tweeted Tuesday afternoon. I've known him for 17 years", she said, adding: "I know his heart. "I did not have sexual intercourse, or anything close to sexual intercourse, in high school or for many years thereafter..." In the meantime, Kavanaugh has denied all claims and President Trump has supported his nominee saying "In my opinion, it's totally political.". "They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state".

Kavanaugh was a "notably heavy drinker" in school who "became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk", Roche said. Why would she put herself on this torturous path unless what she says happened is true? Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, is also expected to testify. "This is a con game being played by the Democrats".

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WASHINGTON | Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life and didn't even attend a party where one accuser said he assaulted her.

"Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court justice because of this", the president added in a sarcastic tone, according to The New York Times.

The Kavanaugh confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

For Democrats, the row is a golden opportunity to build on anger among female voters at Trump's often dismissive attitude to allegations of sexual misconduct - including against the president himself.

"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters of Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker in an interview published Sunday that she believes Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face when they were freshmen at Yale University in the early 1980s. It's on Kavanaugh to prove that he's a good nominee and there are no red flags against him.

Republicans hold a razor-thin 51-49 majority in the Senate and three Republican senators are being closely watched as potential opponents of Kavanaugh's nomination.

"If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus", Kavanaugh said.

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