Kavanaugh Denies Second Sexual Misconduct Allegation

MARTIN: The New York Times today says they knew about the Ramirez allegation but didn't break the story because there were so many holes in it. His classmate Deborah Ramirez told the magazine that as she was lying on the floor at a dormitory party after a drinking game, Kavanaugh exposed himself, thrust his genitals in her face, and that she pushed him away.

While reading The New Yorker story, the weakness of the allegation becomes apparent immediately.

The agreement and the latest accusation set the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story.

A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh issued a statement on Monday denouncing the "smears" he has faced, calling them part of a "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

Ford's attorneys say that several requests they have made of the committee have been refused, such as calling additional witnesses who Ford remembers being at the party, and having the FBI investigate her story.

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

Kavanaugh accuser Ford agrees to testify... Republicans narrowly control the Senate. She called them a "vast right-wing conspiracy". "Judiciary staff reached out to our office and asked for a connection to someone who might be helpful should Deborah Ramirez decide to come forward with an allegation related to that made by Dr. Ford". So far, no Republican senators have said they would vote against Kavanaugh.

Democratic senators were expected to ask their own questions.

The chief of police in Montgomery County, Md., says his officers are not looking into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, appearing to contradict a local news report that "investigators" were looking at a potential second high school misconduct allegation.

The tentative accord could bring to a close days of high-stakes brinkmanship that have roiled Washington ahead of midterm elections and threated to jeopardize Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something - anything - that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring", Judge Kavanaugh said in his letter.

Conway noted Monday on CBS "This Morning" that Kavanaugh, in a statement Sunday, called the allegations a "smear campaign." he added, "This is starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy". "Let's figure it out", she urged.

The White House put out a news release Sunday night to rebut the accusations in the article, focusing on such things as the reported gaps in Ramirez's memory and the statements from those who knew Kavanaugh saying they had never heard of the alleged incident. "If they are true, then Judge Kavanaugh must not be confirmed". Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident.

The three lawyers are not pleased with but agree to the committee's decision not to call any other witnesses. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were shellshocked even as they blamed Democrats for what they described as a political takedown based on scurrilous allegations. Joining us now, Democratic senator from Delaware Chris Coons, also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to Trump on Sunday saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation has more than enough time to investigate before Ford and Kavanaugh testify on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Republicans viewed Ms Ford's requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee.

It comes after Mr Trump publicly challenged Dr Ford's veracity, tweeting she should have reported her alleged assault sooner if it was as "bad as she says". The magazine said numerous people they contacted did not respond to interview requests, others declined to comment or said they did not attend or remember the party. "The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh".

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