Donald Trump blasts second Kavanaugh accuser as a ‘mess’ and ‘inebriated’

26 September, 2018, 01:27 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Dozens of angry protesters were arrested at the Capitol Hill offices of multiple senators as opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grew

Flake, who is retiring from the Senate in early January, was among the handful of Republicans who first said the committee should delay a vote until hearing from Ford. At that hearing, the panel will hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. Typically, senators do the questioning themselves.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", he added, repeatedly calling for a "fair process".

Trump, speaking in NY where he was attending the United Nations annual assembly, threw his full weight behind Kavanaugh whose once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct from his school and university days.

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.

The agreement for Ford to testify came just hours before the New Yorker magazine published the Ramirez article.

Murkowski's remarks are significant, as she is considered a key swing vote in the Senate - and if she defects from her party, it could potentially kill Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The New Yorker said Ramirez had hesitated to speak publicly, partly because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged episode and there were "gaps" in her memory. "This was the move of a political hack, not a nominee to the Supreme Court".

President Trump reaffirmed his support for Kavanaugh Monday.

Media captionPresident Trump: "The second accuser doesn't even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not".

Kavanaugh, the president said, is "startled" by the claims, and his wife is "devastated".

A comment by Murkowski to CNN on Tuesday could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh.


"It would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?"

"The second accuser has nothing", Mr Trump told reporters at the UN.

After coming forward with her story of being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday. Ford, a research psychologist in California, says Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her at a high school party.

"He also said the Democrats 'know he's high quality" and that they're "winking at each other".

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".

We talk with Sen. We're talking about an allegation of sexual assault. He told the country last night, he's never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or any time.

"I'm a good person", Kavanaugh added.

Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a Fox News interview about allegations of sexual misconduct.

"Through all these years that were in question, you were a virgin?".

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky accused Democrats of rushing to convict Kavanaugh and "destroy his good name" with unproven allegations, abandoning any presumption of innocence - a bedrock principle of American jurisprudence.

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