Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chuck Schumer Says There's No 'Presumption Of Innocence' For Brett Kavanaugh


In a rambling 82-minute news conference in New York City on Wednesday, President Trump defended his beleaguered Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but left open the possibility of withdrawing the nomination, depending on Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Later, the judiciary committee said it had received a fourth allegation, this time in a letter from an anonymous source who said their daughter and others had witnessed Kavanaugh physically assault a woman while intoxicated in Washington in 1998, shoving her "up against the wall very aggressively and sexually".

Trump, who has himself has faced numerous credible allegations of sexual misconduct, figures that if Kavanaugh can be accused of assault, so can other potential candidates.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused him of sexual misconduct when she and Kavanaugh were students at Yale University.

Speaking in New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly, the USA president quoted Elton John, did impressions of rival politicians, and speculated that he would be soon endorsed by The New York Times - "without me, you'd be out of business", he said.

"I look forward to what she has to say", Trump said.

In evidence for the hearing, Kavanaugh acknowledges drinking in high school with his friends, but says he has never done anything "remotely resembling" the sexual misconduct alleged by his chief accuser. The calendar pages are from the summer of 1982, which is when Ford says she believes the assault occurred.

Kavanuagh has repeatedly denied the allegations made against him, including in an interview with Fox News that aired earlier this week.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate. "In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now", Kavanaugh said.

The panel is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday on the accusations, ahead of a vote Friday on Kavanaugh's nomination. Among other allegations from the period between 1981 and 1983, she says she witnessed Kavanaugh fondle and grab girls without their consent at various parties.

At the end of the almost 90-minute gathering, the president was asked what kind of message he was sending to the young men of America with his comments about the sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

Mr. Kavanaugh's lawyer had the gall to complain Wednesday that Ms. Ford had not yet turned over lie-detector test records and therapist notes that could corroborate her story, as though the scant evidentiary record were her fault.

Murkowski isn't the only prominent Republican who has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh or his confirmation process.

It also appears that Kavanaugh got into trouble with his parents from time to time.

She says she was the victim of a gang rape in 1982 at a party attended by the judge.

Kavanaugh, in prepared testimony released on Wednesday, repeated his denial of Blasey Ford's allegation and said "this effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out".

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