Donald Trump blasts second Kavanaugh accuser as a ‘mess’ and ‘inebriated’

Donald Trump blasts second Kavanaugh accuser as a ‘mess’ and ‘inebriated’

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US President Donald Trump on Monday branded sexual assault allegations that threaten to bring down his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "totally political", hardening his position ahead of an explosive Senate showdown.

The committee also scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT). In that case, Republicans could try to confirm a nominee during a "lame-duck" Senate session in the fall.

At least four Republican senators, including two women who have been outspoken against sexual abuse, have withheld judgment, acknowledging the potential validity of Blasey Ford's allegation despite the amount of time that has passed and the paucity of hard evidence. Typically, senators do the questioning themselves. "In our view, the hiring of an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor, ' as Mr. Davis described in his email, is contrary to the Majority's repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee's members to fulfill their constitutional obligations".

Ms Ramirez, 53, said she ended up touching his genitals while attempting to push him away.

Trump's comments came as Republicans are trying to save Kavanaugh's nomination, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky promising he will get a floor vote soon. And we also all know men in our social and professional circles sometimes who we think, well, though, they wouldn't do that or no, that's not - and then you hear something, you think, well, maybe, you know, I guess I can kind of see that.

Given Ford's allegations, she said, reporters naturally pursued a follow-up question: Are there other examples of Kavanaugh behaving as Ford says he did?

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations by Ford and Deborah Ramirez, who accused him of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University.

Brett Kavanaugh now faces a sexual assault allegation from Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who teaches at Palo Alto University and has struggled with decades of trauma from the incident which took place when Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School. He said he did not remember being at a party with her. One woman tweeted, "This is something I must say".

She told The New Yorker she had not come forward earlier because she had been drinking that evening and she had "significant gaps" in her memory. "Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that".

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"It's a con game", Trump said.

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Kavanaugh's confirmation would firm up conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

Murkowski's remarks are significant, as she is considered a key swing vote in the Senate - and if she defects from her party, it could potentially kill Kavanaugh's confirmation.

McConnell on Tuesday continued to defend Kavanaugh. Her mother, father and two siblings are all conspicuously absent from a letter of support released by a dozen relatives, mostly on her husband's side of the family. "That's a different decision than 'is Judge Kavanaugh qualified?'"

Most recently, in a New Yorker piece that brought Ramirez's accusations into public view, she, too, suggested that the FBI investigate her story and Kavanaugh's denials.

He said he "did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

"We're talking about allegations of sexual assault", Kavanaugh told Martha MacCallum of Fox News during a joint interview with his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh. "The New York Times has reported that just last week the person making the accusation was calling other classmates saying she was not sure that I had done this".

"I can tell you that false accusations of all types are made against a lot of people", he added.

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