Trump says Kavanaugh allegations ‘political’

Ford is set to testify at a Senate hearing on Thursday.

It is already clear that formal consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination should be put on hold pending a renewed inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. But she does remember a penis being thrust in her face and Kavanaugh pulling up his trousers and laughing, while his friend shouted "Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face", down the hallway.

A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her when they attended Yale University in the 1980s called former classmates to back up her claims and told some of them that she couldn't be certain Kavanaugh was the one who did it, The New York Times reported on Sunday. They have also cast some doubt on Ford's allegations, with the Judiciary panel announcing that it had investigated the incident and talked to three other people who Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party - Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser. "It should be fully investigated". The ranking Democrat on the committee, California Senator Dianne Feinstein has requested the cancellation of a Thursday hearing at which another woman was to testify about an alleged assault by the nominee. Female staff attorneys for the Republican majority will question Ford, avoiding the hard optics of having the all-male GOP members of the committee grill a woman making a claim of sexual misconduct against a would-be Supreme Court justice.

Kavanaugh has denied the new charge and called it "a smear, plain and simple". The "Stop Kavanaugh" Denver protesters say they believe Boulder woman's claim regarding alleged sexual abuse by the Supreme Court nominee. That is clearly necessary.

Trump is suggesting the timing of the New Yorker article is further evidence of what he has been saying privately for days: that the Democrats and media are conspiring to undermine his pick.

In the New Yorker piece, Ramirez acknowledged "significant gaps in her memories" and admitted she had been drinking at the party.

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"I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building - against these last-minute allegations", he said in a statement released by the White House.

Kavanaugh was questioned by committee staff last week.

A person working on Kavanaugh's confirmation confirmed the Times account to The Associated Press. On September 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley wrote in tweets that Blasey Ford's ongoing negotiations are turning the proceedings into a "judiciary orchestra."

Trump mused to confidants that the "fake" attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House.

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told CBS on Monday that the accusations against Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs. Patrick "PJ" Smyth, a friend of Kavanaugh who signed a letter supporting him, has told the Judiciary Committee he had no firsthand knowledge of the party where Ford claims the assault happened. Blasey Ford had previously asked for time extensions in order to "reach [an] agreement on details", reports NPR.

Mr Grassley turned down Ms Ford's request that only senators, not lawyers, be allowed to ask questions.

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