President Trump: Sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh 'totally political'

President Trump: Sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh 'totally political'

President Trump: Sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh 'totally political'

Trump, speaking in NY where he was attending the United Nations annual assembly, threw his full weight behind Kavanaugh whose once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct from his school and university days.

Kavanaugh, who would serve a life term as a Supreme Court justice, has been the subject of accusations from two women of sexual misconduct dating from his high school and college years.

In a clip from Kavanaugh's Fox News interview with Martha MacCallum, Kavanaugh, which is set to air later Monday night, he says, "I've never sexually assaulted anyone". He added, "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political".

Kavanaugh has been accused by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford of attacking her when she was 15 and he was 17, of pushing her onto a bed and grinding his body into her, of holding his hand over her mouth so she couldn't scream, and trying to rip her clothes off.

The allegations, dating back to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation to the top USA court in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away. He later added that he was asking for "a fair process, where I can be heard and I can defend my integrity".

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway held a conference call with supporters during which she said there was a "vast left-wing conspiracy" to prevent Kavanaugh from winning confirmation, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private call.

That's been followed by a new claim against Kavanaugh by another woman.

Senate Republicans should stand up to these unsubstantiated and discredited allegations and move forward with a vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

'When I first learned that Brett Kavanaugh was on the short-list of nominees to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, prior to the President's selection among a list of what seemed to me as similarly-qualified candidates, I contacted my Congressperson's office in an attempt to provide information that could be useful to you and the President when making the selection from among a list of candidates, ' she wrote.

Of the accusations, she said, "Truly, I don't understand it".

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell say they are determined to get Kavanaugh on the court, calling the allegations against him false and politically motivated.

Bipartisan Judiciary Committee staff will interview Ramirez privately about her allegation, said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican. Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale.

On Sunday, The New Yorker dropped a bombshell story with an additional allegation against Kavanaugh from Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as him. Our bottom line is simple: We have fundamental ideological differences with this particular nominee - and if his confirmation winds up being denied, it could wind up being for the best. Asked about Ramirez' allegation, Kavanaugh said, "I never did any such thing", and said that such an incident, had it happened, "would have been the talk of campus".

The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn't remember the party. "I have faith in God, and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", he said.

Ford stated she would welcome the opportunity to meet with Grassley and other senators directly, person to person, and answer any questions they had.

"And they debase our public discourse", Kavanaugh wrote.

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