Kavanaugh Previews His Defense on Fox News

Kavanaugh Previews His Defense on Fox News

"And now it's clear to me it wasn't a joke".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, during an interview with Fox News.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", he said in a statement.

"These are smears, pure and simple", Kavanaugh said. The two incidents are alleged to have occurred within just a few years of one another. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

Blasey and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Blasey's accusations on Thursday.

According to Grassley Democrats are "more interested in a political takedown" instead of "pursuing allegations through a bipartisan and professional" investigation.

On Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a member of the Judiciary Committee, referred to Ramirez's allegation as "phony", and when pressed on why he characterized it that way, Hatch responded: "Because I know it is".

Ms Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.

Also jumping into the fray was the attorney who represents porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal fight with Trump. The New Yorker didn't confirm the allegation with eyewitnesses. Then on September 16th, Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh, publicly spoke out about the experience to the Washington Post.

Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions". Now that the story is public, it will be looked into, the aide said. Ramirez claimed Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. "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".

President Trump's pick for the high court also cast his suddenly troubled nomination as a referendum on politics in America, telling senators in a letter that if he can be defeated by a whisper campaign, it will chase other capable people from government service. Kennedy was the frequently the court's swing vote.

"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee", Sen.

Collins said Monday she remained undecided about Kavanaugh.

White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec blamed Democrats for the latest allegation.

In other symbolic moves, New York Magazine's website the Cut announced it would stop publishing for one hour to show it stands with women including Ford, Ramirez, and other sexual assault survivors.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process, and we're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record", Kavanaugh said during his remarkable appearance on Fox News, "my lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old".

"If you're President Trump, there's good reasons for being frustrated by the delay", Bonjean added, noting that many conservative activists believe that the Democrats backing Blasey are playing "a stalling game" created to provide time to unearth more allegations against Kavanaugh or further discredit him.

"It would be sad, indeed, if something happened to reroute that", the president said, adding that the last-minute surfacing of charges against his nominee dating back three decades or more was "totally political".

"We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale".

"No", said Bishop. "You need better sources". Susan Collins of ME, one of a few moderate Republicans whose votes will determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Progressive activist groups say the latest allegation adds to their efforts to derail his nomination.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

"Enough is enough", Fallon said in a statement.

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