Kavanaugh Denies Fresh Harassment Allegations From College Classmate

Kavanaugh Denies Fresh Harassment Allegations From College Classmate

Kavanaugh Denies Fresh Harassment Allegations From College Classmate

During the sit-down (which was pre-taped on Monday), Judge Kavanaugh will address the allegations of sexual misconduct he is thus far facing, including a new accusation made by his former Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, who came forward over the weekend.

"It's totally false and outrageous", Kavanaugh said."I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political".

Joining the maelstrom, Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal fight with President Donald Trump, claimed to represent a woman with information about high school-era parties attended by Kavanaugh and urged the Senate to investigate.

Kavanaugh did not claim that he couldn't have assaulted Ford and Ramirez because he was a virgin in high school and college.

The allegations, dating back to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation to the top USA court in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away.

But Grassley also told her: 'I am committed to fair and respectful treatment of you, as you've requested.

Time's Up staged a nationwide walkout Monday, calling on its supporters to wear black and use the hashtag #BelieveWomen to express support for Blasey Ford and Ramirez.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec told Fox News: "This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

For Democrats, the row is a golden opportunity to build on anger among female voters at Trump's often dismissive attitude to allegations of sexual misconduct - including against the president himself.

He said he was not present at a party like the one described by Ford and noted that others Ford said were at the gathering had no recollection of it. MacCallum asked the couple: "Did you guys ever look at each other and say I'm out, this is enough, just isn't worth it?"


Both Ramirez's allegations and McConnell's speech come just days before both Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claims. 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".

Bipartisan Judiciary Committee staff will interview Ramirez privately about her allegation, said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrangled with Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance.

Durbin told ABC's "This Week" that some Republicans "reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination as to how their final vote" on Kavanaugh is cast.

Speaking with "The Five", Martha MacCallum offered her reaction to her interview with Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh which airs during "The Story" at 7 p.m. ET.

"I know there's pent up demand for women to get their day, women who have been sexually harassed and sexually assaulted, and I personally am very aggrieved for all of them", Conway said Monday during an appearance on "CBS This Morning".

"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee", Sen.

Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that she'd been drinking at the time, was initially reluctant to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps", the magazine said.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh wrote.

He also said he wasn't questioning Ms. Blasey Ford's experience - but said he wasn't part of whatever happened.

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