Trump's Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh rejects 'false accusations'
SEE ALSO :List of KPC, NHIF managers facing arrestHe said he “did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter.” A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University. Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party. Kavanaugh and his Republican allies portrayed the allegations as part of a “smear campaign” by Democrats who have fought his nomination from the outset. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear that, no matter what happened at the hearing, the full Senate would vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
SEE ALSO :2018, Trump's year of drama“This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated,” he said. Trump, himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, twice offered words of support for Kavanaugh while in New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly. “Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person. I am with him all the way,” Trump said, calling the allegations politically motivated. Ford’s attorney Michael Bromwich sent a letter to the committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, on Monday in which he objected to a plan by the panel’s Republicans to hire an “experienced sex crimes prosecutor” to conduct the questioning at Thursday’s hearing. Ford’s attorneys have said their client wants senators to ask the questions. “This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate,” Bromwich said. Protesters opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation held rallies in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere. Dozens were arrested in Senate office buildings. About 200 people gathered in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, chanting: “I believe Christine Ford.”U.S. Capitol Police reported that 128 people were arrested on charges of unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings. The committee’s top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has called on Grassley to postpone Thursday’s hearing in order to investigate Ramirez’s accusations. The Kavanaugh controversy is unfolding just weeks before Nov. 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. Republicans, with a 51-49 Senate majority, can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united. So far, no Republican senators have said they would vote against him.