Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee hits out at 'character assassination'

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee hits out at 'character assassination'

The U.S. Senate's partisan brawl over President Donald Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee intensified Tuesday, fewer than 48 hours before Judge Brett Kavanaugh and one of his accusers were expected to give contradictory testimony on whether the nominee committed sexual assault as a teenager.

Media captionPresident Trump: "The second accuser doesn't even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not". "He said if you want our statement, read the New Yorker".

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key vote to watch as the Senate considers Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, told reporters on Tuesday that an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh "would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?"

"I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there", she said. Last week, he lampooned Ford's allegation that an inebriated Kavanaugh trapped her beneath him on a bed at a high school house party and tried to take her clothes off before she escaped. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone in some place.

The judge said he never had sexual intercourse "or anything close to (it)" until long after he left Georgetown Prep, the elite all-boys Catholic high school he attended in Rockville, Maryland. Deborah Ramirez has said Kavanaugh forced her to touch his penis during a Yale dormitory party when both were freshmen.

And at a press conference after his speech at the United Nations, two days after her claims were published in The New Yorker, Trump picked apart her story and accused the alleged victim of being "messed up" and "drunk", according to ABC News.

She said Kavanaugh only showed emotion in the interview's final moments, but Wood said that was directed not at trying to convince the public he's not guilty, but instead displayed how he appeared to feel "victimized" for being put under a harsh microscope.

They could also play decisively in the November midterm elections, where Republican control of both houses of Congress is under threat. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said in the interview, sitting alongside his wife.

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Ford's attorneys have said their client wants senators to ask the questions.

Kavanaugh also told MacCallum he's resolute about not letting "false accusations" force him to withdraw.

The Kavanaugh confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault. I have no idea; what I know is that sometimes, they do.

"We're going to ask some questions on our side, by this person, for the same amount of time as the Democrats have collectively on the other side".

Kavanaugh chose Fox News for his only interview - so far - to refute the allegations.

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told CBS on Monday that the accusations against Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced almost two weeks ago.

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