Two More Women Come Forward With Kavanaugh Allegations

PONNURU: Gender gap not necessarily bad news for Republicans

PONNURU: Gender gap not necessarily bad news for Republicans

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as a claim of sexual misconduct emerged from another woman.

"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the judge said in a statement sent to AFP.

Keyser is the latest person alleged to be at the party to say she has no recollection of it.

"Brett Kavanaugh, and I'm not saying anything about anybody else, Brett Kavanaugh is one of the finest human beings you will ever have the privilege of knowing or meeting", Trump said. She added that the second woman, who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, is welcome to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Democrats called for the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it is unnecessary.

Ramirez told the magazine she had become inebriated during a drinking game and was on the floor when the alleged incident took place.

The White House released these statements tonight.

Keyser is the third individual to contradict Ford's claim they were present at the party where the alleged sexual assault occurred.

Conway said, "I don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #MeToo movement" that has toppled powerful men across industries over the a year ago.

Reports say her lawyers - Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich - agree Ford will go first, to be followed by Kavanaugh. "Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying any knowledge of the incident or even having attended such a party". These new charges come to light while the Senate Judiciary Committee had been negotiating details surrounding public testimony of Dr. Christine Ford who had been at the center of previous allegations that are threatening to derail the Trump appointee's confirmation. At one point, she said, a male student pointed a gag plastic penis in her direction.

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands.

Senate Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court begins its new term on October 1.

In his statement Sunday, Kavanaugh said he is looking 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".

More voters believe Ford, 36 percent, than Kavanaugh, 30 percent, with 34 percent unsure who to believe, the poll found. Senate Republicans should stand up to these unsubstantiated and discredited allegations and move forward with a vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Grassley also said that Ford's lawyers were attempting to dictate how the committee conducts its hearings.

Kavanaugh described Ford's claim as a "completely and totally false allegation", and insisted that he has "never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone".

The potentially explosive hearing, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault, comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Trump contended that Ford's decision to wait so late before going public shows the incident probably was not "as bad as she says" - even if this runs counter to what experts say is the typical reaction of sexual assault victims afraid or embarrassed to report.

Kavanaugh was questioned by committee staff last week. I can't say that at 53, but when I was 19 or 20, I was vulnerable.

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