Trump Calls Kavanaugh 'Outstanding,' Dismissing Latest Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Trump Calls Kavanaugh 'Outstanding,' Dismissing Latest Sexual Misconduct Allegation

She made several requests, some of which were accommodated - a Thursday hearing, three days later than originally scheduled, and a smaller hearing room with less press access to avoid a media circus, for example.

The latest accusation comes from Deborah Ramirez, who in a story published in The New Yorker alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken party at Yale when both attended college there in the 1980s.

"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago, and 30 years ago and never mention it-all of a sudden, it happens", Trump said. "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", Kavanaugh said.

"These are smears, pure and simple".

"I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building - against these last-minute allegations", Kavanaugh said in the statement.

Speaking at the United Nations in NY on Monday, Mr Trump said Brett Kavanaugh is "outstanding", adding: "I am with him all the way".

Separately, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected president, said on Twitter that he represents a woman "with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh". If elevated to the high court, the legitimacy of everything Judge Kavanaugh touches will be questioned.

A White House official publicly questioned the accusations coming from Mr Avenatti's client, saying that the presence of the high-profile lawyer - who has publicly taken on Mr Trump and is weighing a 2020 Democratic presidential bid - makes the proceedings a "circus". "In my opinion, it's totally political".

Pushing forward with Kavanaugh has risks of its own, besides an embarrassing defeat for Trump and the GOP.

Ramirez told the magazine she was on the floor, drunk at a Yale party when the alleged incident took place. "My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old". Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a dormitory party.

The classmate independently recalled numerous same details Ramirez told The New Yorker about the incident. She said that although she is frightened, "my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions".

The Post reported that Ms Keyser said she still believes Ms Ford, even if she does not remember the party.

Democrats again called for the FBI to investigate Ford's claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it's unnecessary.

Conway said: "Are we going to put decades of pent-up demand for women to feel whole on one man's shoulders?" He strongly defended Kavanaugh and vowed that this "fine nominee" will receive a vote in the Senate.

CNN has not independently confirmed The New Yorker's reporting.

In an unusual strategy for a Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, also sat for an interview Monday along with his wife on the conservative-friendly Fox News Channel.

Kavanaugh has denied her accusation.

Kavanaugh also has agreed to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing planned for 10am (1400 GMT) on Thursday.

Also jumping into the fray was the attorney who represents porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal fight with Trump. "The article reports that Democratic staff were aware of these allegations, but they never informed Republican staff".

White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec blamed Democrats for the latest allegation. The New Yorker didn't confirm the allegation with eyewitnesses.

"Why is Ronan Farrow the chief Federal Bureau of Investigation agent of these cases?" said Hostin. Here is what you need to know. Emmy Rossum documented a minute of silence on her set instead of a walkout, an effort still aligned with Ford, Ramirez, and the other women who have continued to come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh following Ford breaking her silence last week.

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