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

Second accuser in standoff with GOP over Kavanaugh testimony

Second accuser in standoff with GOP over Kavanaugh testimony

Those who doubt Ramirez's allegation point to her admission that there are gaps in her memory of the night because she was intoxicated and the fact that The New Yorker said it took her six days to asses her own memory of the event.

Now we have the most shocking allegation yet, courtesy of Michael Avenatti, known to the world as Stormy Daniels's lawyer.

In addition, a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, also accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"It's very important to take allegations of those who come forward seriously, and I think we need to go into this hearing with the view that we will listen", she said. "If our Republican colleagues proceed without an investigation, it would be a travesty for the honor of the Supreme Court and our country".

Since Ford came forward publicly with her allegation in The Washington Post, another woman has accused Kavanaugh of past sexual misconduct.

Senate Republicans have indicated their commitment to continue with Kavanaugh's nomination, and the judiciary committee is scheduled to hold a hearing with the nominee and Ford on Thursday.

"I know he's going to stand by me", Kavanaugh said.

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Furthermore, Grassley said he was " unclear " why the claims by Ramirez had any bearing on Ford's testimony. With increasing intensity, Republicans have attacked the credibility of Ford's and now Ramirez' accounts.

With the GOP's Senate control hanging on a razor-thin 51-49 margin, defections by any two Republican senators would seal his fate if all Democrats vote "no". Ford says she didn't tell anyone until 2012. "We have to listen to what she will say on the record, under oath, and what Judge Kavanaugh will say on the record, under oath". Dianne Feinstein, asked Trump on Wednesday to either direct the FBI to investigate the allegations or withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination. She said Thursday's hearing was not about Kavanaugh's behavior as a youth.

Her husband, Russell Ford, stated that he became aware around the time the couple Wednesday in 2002 that his wife had "any experience with sexual assault", but she provided no details at the time. But one said he had no recollection of the incident.

Trump has acknowledged payments to women ahead of the election but denies their underlying allegations about sexual relationships. Or perhaps we will learn that her account is persuasive and compelling, and there are strong reasons to believe it, even apart from the fact that it is consistent with so much else we have heard about Kavanaugh's high school social scene.

An attorney for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says there is no dispute that he drank in high school and college. Kavanaugh and his friends denied they were there.

"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in a statement released this afternoon by the White House. They could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago. which is frankly what I would have preferred. "But they didn't do that", Trump told reporters in NY, where he is attending the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

It remains on the Judiciary Committee's schedule, as does a meeting scheduled for Friday at which the committee could vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh to the full Senate. She said she "became aware" of efforts by Kavanaugh and others to taint the punch at house parties with "drugs and/or grain alcohol" in order to "cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say 'No'".

The affidavits signed Monday and Tuesday of this week could give more weight to Ford's story on the eve of her testimony - and Kavanaugh's expected denial - before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. By itself, it doesn't mean they are being untruthful.

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