Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Kavanaugh accuser Ford offers Senate 4 people who corroborate assault claims

Kavanaugh accuser Ford offers Senate 4 people who corroborate assault claims

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voiced support for the #MeToo movement on Wednesday in a striking statement on the eve of a high-stakes U.S. Senate hearing into allegations of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump's nominee to the court, Brett Kavanaugh. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused him of sexual misconduct when she and Kavanaugh were students at Yale University.

He and one of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, will give evidence publicly on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Almost 60% say that if Ford's allegations are true, Kavanaugh isn't fit to sit on the country's highest court, but a majority of Republicans (54%) say the judge should be confirmed even if the allegations of sexual misconduct are true, according to The Marist poll. He has said: "I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise".

The Senate's partisan brawl over Kavanaugh intensified Tuesday, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 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. He and the first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

"While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided answers to all of your questions", Ford wrote.

Kavanaugh said Monday, "I never did any such thing". Some Republicans, including Trump, have dismissed the allegations as part of a Democratic smear campaign created to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Trump said he "could be persuaded" by Ford's testimony.

"Our senators are not afraid - as the Republicans seem to be - to confront this situation and deal with the truth", Schumer said. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the committee, emphasized that the scheduling was procedural and only for a "potential" vote "if we're ready".

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In a phone call with Judiciary Committee staff of both parties, Mr Kavanaugh denied Ms Ramirez's story, panel spokesman Mr Foy said. "I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes (a sedative) or something similar placed in what I was drinking", she said.

Senators will hear both sides at Thursday's hearing, keenly aware of the impact it could have on voters, particularly women, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

A new accuser against Brett Kavanaugh said the Supreme Court nominee took part in efforts during high school to get girls intoxicated so that a group of boys could have sex with them.

"She said she's not the one to answer if it's time for the FBI to investigate these allegations", Borger said of Murkowski.

President Trump is doubling down on his assertions that the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are a "con job" by Democrats during a Wednesday afternoon press conference, but seemed to leave open the possibility of withdrawing Kavanaugh's nomination should he become convinced the allegations are true.

A handful of undeclared GOP moderates leave Kavanaugh's fate uncertain because the party runs the Senate with just a 51-49 advantage.

Swetnick's statement was released by her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Donald Trump.

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