Brett Kavanaugh Nomination Imperiled By Fresh Allegations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed that lawmakers will vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the "near future", during a speech on the Senate floor in which he strongly criticized Democrats for what he continually called a "smear campaign" against the judge.

"The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh", spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.

"I am with him all the way", Trump said on September 24, after arriving in NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

It is now conceivable that Kavanaugh may not be confirmed, which could happen in multiple ways. "In my opinion, it's totally political". Deborah Ramirez, in a Sunday New Yorker report, alleged that, at a college party, Kavanaugh exposed himself to her, "thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away", in the magazine's words.

Separately, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who says she had an affair with Donald Trump before he was elected president, said on Twitter that he represents a woman "with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh".

For his part, the judge isn't backing down - issuing a blanket denial of all the new allegations. The Epoch Times didn't independently verify Ramirez's account and is refraining from publishing the details of the accusation.

Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican and a key swing vote, told reporters on Monday that she would like the woman who came forward in the New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez, to be interviewed under oath by Senate investigators. She claims Kavanaugh groped her and tried to rape her at a house party in the 1980s. Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale.

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"And the truth is, I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise". It never came up.

Kavanaugh said he has faith in God and faith in the American people, looking ahead to the process before him.

Kavanaugh told Fox News he "may have met" Ford at some point, but does not remember being at any parties with her, and says nothing ever happened between them.

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something-anything-that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring". Hoping to head that off, he and his GOP supporters went on offense, including the release of a letter he sent the Judiciary panel accusing his opponents of launching "smears, pure and simple". While it was hard, I was able to share my information with two contacts during the period between the short list announcement and Mr. Kavanaugh's selection, ' she wrote.

"The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out".

'While the nationwide outpouring of love has been heartwarming, I am spending considerable time managing death threats, avoiding people following me on freeways, and disconcerting media intrusion, including swarms of vans at my home and unauthorized persons entering my classroom and medical settings where I work, ' she wrote. "The last-minute character assassination will not succeed". She chose to come forward after "assessing her memories" and consulting with her lawyer, the magazine said.

"In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty", the article stated. After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to speak publicly, the report said.

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