Kavanaugh Doubles Down on Defense After 2nd Accuser Goes Public

Sen. Mitch Mc Connell on the Senate floor on 9/42

Sen. Mitch Mc Connell on the Senate floor on 9/42

President Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after another round of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, this time from when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale.

Hours later, however, The New Yorker magazine reported online that Senate Democrats were investigating another woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, this time dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's first at Yale University.

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

The make-up of the nine-judge Supreme Court is crucial as it has the final say on often highly contentious laws. "We'll see how it goes in the Senate, we'll see how it goes with the vote", said Mr. Trump to cameras at the United Nations.

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking member Dianne Feinstein, in a letter, urged President Donald Trump to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to immediately and thoroughly investigate Ford's allegations and report to the Senate as soon as possible.

Debbie Ramirez (above), a resident of Colorado, has come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. During the incident at the "drunken dormitory party", which happened during their freshman year, the future judge also supposedly forced her to touch his genitals without her consent, the New Yorker revealed. Ramirez says she and Kavanaugh were sitting in a small group of students playing a drinking game at the campus' Lawrance Hall.

The criminal standard is "not applicable" here, she says.

The other male classmate Ramirez said was involved in the incident told the magazine, "I have zero recollection".

"I want her to have her voice", he said. "It was a story that was known, but it was a story that i was embarrassed about", she admitted. "I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated".

The White House is approaching Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional appearance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

Across the USA, people have documented their walkout efforts with the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag, sharing photos of themselves leaving their workplaces in solidarity with sexual assault survivors, and urging others to listen to these people's personal accounts of assault and subsequent trauma. "Or does it sound like a choreographed smear campaign that ignored Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality in order to inflict maximum damage at the last minute on Judge Kavanaugh and his family?" The following week, I responded to more than 1,200 written questions, more than have been submitted to all previous Supreme Court nominees combined. The deal with sexual assault claims is very often that there aren't multiple people willing to say they witnessed it in the room, and the individuals who were most primary to this are people she alleged we are egging Brett Kavanaugh on, and those were the ones that signed that statement you saw'. "I didn't know better".

"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out", he wrote.

Mayer said that she felt the "public ought to know" about the latest allegations against Kavanaugh.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec released a statement denouncing the report.

Trump has been defending Kavanaugh as he faces an allegation from Ford that he pinned her to a bed, groped her, and put his hands over her mouth when they were at a high-school party in the 1980s.

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