Kavanaugh intensifies counteroffensive against sex accusations
01:28, Sep 26, 2018
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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 with allegations against him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, accusing Democrats of working hard to "destroy a wonderful man". In the letter, Ford said she faced death threats and was relying on her lawyers and Grassley to "agree to conditions that will allow me to testify in a fair setting". "I don't mean they're like 'Oh gee I'm a little unhappy, ' they're devastated", he said.
Kavanaugh said Ford may have been sexually assaulted at some point in her life, "but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone".
President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court.
In a statement provided by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple". The other people alleged to be there don't recall any such thing.
Democrats also accused Republicans of treating Christine Blasey Ford dismissively at a time when victims of sexual crimes are speaking out across the nation.
Murkowski's remarks, made Monday night, were published shortly after she publicly suggested the FBI should investigate the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
She acknowledged to The New Yorker that there were significant gaps in her memory from that night, but she recalls, "Brett was laughing".
Ahead of the hearing with Ford, Republicans have been rallying to Kavanaugh's defense, accusing Democrats of waging a "smear campaign" against the appellate judge and stressing that there should be a presumption of innocence. Jeff Flake, a Republican on the committee, has expressed concerns over the sexual assault allegations.
The claims, dating back to the conservative judge's high school and college days, threaten to derail what was seen as an all-but-certain confirmation to the lifelong post on the top court.
In an interview on Tuesday morning, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked if the panel, the Senate judiciary committee, should hear from Deborah Ramirez, a second accuser who has come forward, alleging that she was harassed by Kavanaugh when they were both at Yale.
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Kavanaugh told Fox News 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.
Here are early excerpts from the prerecorded interview, as provided by Fox News.
The president said Kavanaugh "has a chance to be one of the greatest justices ever".
"The Senate simply can not in good conscience vote on this nomination without a full fair FBI investigation of all these allegations", he said.
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President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday. Democrats decried Republicans' plans to push ahead with the hearing without seeking a full FBI investigation.
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She said she did so because the momentous win was finally starting to dawn on her: "I felt like I needed a break from everything". Two-time finalist and former world number one Victoria Azarenka tweeted: "If it was men's match, this wouldn't happen like this".
She claims that, after being egged on by another friend, Kavanaugh whipped out his penis, and waved it around in her face. Deborah Ramirez alleges that an 18-year-old Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken 1983 dorm party at Yale.
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