Trump backs Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh amid fresh allegation

Trump backs Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh amid fresh allegation

"I do think it's unfair to continue to drag the process out and continue to put good people through the ringer for the sake of political games the Democrats want to play", Sanders said in another interview on Fox News. I am not questioning, and have not questioned, that perhaps Dr Ford (his accuser), at some point in her life, was sexually assaulted by someone, in some place.

The judge said he was looking forward to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday against allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman when she was a teenager.

"I was never at any such party". The New Yorker reported Sunday that Deborah Ramirez, 53, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party during his freshman year at Yale.

Kavanaugh, who also denies that allegation, said he wishes to testify as soon as possible to clear his name following Ford's claims that he attacked her at a high school party.

Donald Trump has staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "totally political".

"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the judge said in a statement. He says McConnell has done more than maybe anyone else to politicize the Supreme Court nomination process.

The New Yorker published the claim from the second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, on September 23.

A White House official publicly questioned the accusations coming from Mr Avenatti's client, saying that the presence of the high-profile lawyer - who has publicly taken on Mr Trump and is weighing a 2020 Democratic presidential bid - makes the proceedings a "circus". "The Democratic Senate offices reviewing the allegations believe that they merit further investigation".

"Ramirez said that she continued to socialize with one of the male classmates who had egged Kavanaugh on during the party during college; she even invited the classmate to her house for Thanksgiving one year, after he told her that he had nowhere to go".

"We need to hear from her", Flake said.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of covering her mouth and trying to remove her clothing at a party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school.

However, with elections approaching, Kavanaugh's rejection would give Republicans little time to select a new nominee for confirmation before the end of December, when the current Senate session ends.

Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify at the Thursday hearing, but negotiations continue between Ford's attorneys and the panel over conditions. For the good of the court and the good of the country, Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw his nomination.

Brett Kavanaugh, left, looks at his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh as they answer questions during a FOX News interview, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something - anything - that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring", Kavanaugh said in his statement. He said he considered both of Kavanaugh's accusers to be politically motivated. "His family has suffered", Trump said.

"The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Accusations the likes of which have never been seen before!"

In a letter to Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Feinstein called for the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing to be canceled in light of the new allegation against Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh and his Republican allies have framed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have opposed his nomination from the beginning.