Details of Thursday hearing for Kavanaugh accuser to be set

Details of Thursday hearing for Kavanaugh accuser to be set

Darren Sullivan
September 24, 2018

A second woman has stepped forward with an accusation of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, this time during his college years at Yale University, the New Yorker reported Sunday.

Kavanaugh says the event "did not happen" and that the allegation is 'a smear, plain and simple'.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is accused of sexual assault.

In the emails, which were made public by Judiciary Committee Republicans, Mike Davis, the committee's chief counsel for nominations, wrote today that four requests from Ford's lawyers regarding witnesses and who will question them are "non-negotiable" and will not be met.

Mr Grassley wrangled with Ms Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance.

The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, called on the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, to postpone Thursday's hearing in order to investigate Ramirez's accusations.

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking member Dianne Feinstein, in a letter, urged President Donald Trump to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to immediately and thoroughly investigate Ford's allegations and report to the Senate as soon as possible.

The South Carolina Republican tells "Fox News Sunday" that "I hope she comes".

"Somebody yelled down the hall, 'Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face, '" she said.

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Through her lawyer, the woman told the committee on Saturday that she does not know Kavanaugh and she didn't remember being at a party with him, emails show. That's according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the office was not authorized to speak publicly.

Also to be worked out is exactly who will question Ford.

"She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge", it said. The woman said Kavanaugh forced her to come in contact with his penis while both were inebriated at a party. She was "foggy and slurring her words", according to The New Yorker, when a male student exposed himself to her.

Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens decades ago.

The tentative accord could bring to a close days of high-stakes brinkmanship that have roiled Washington ahead of midterm elections and threated to jeopardize Kavanaugh's confirmation to the court. "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 - against these last-minute allegations". They include Kavanaugh's friend, Mike Judge, who Ford says was in the room when the alleged sexual attack occurred.

Attorneys for Christine Ford, the California professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of committing sexual assault in high school, definitively vowed Sunday that Ford would appear at a Senate hearing Thursday morning despite unresolved "procedural and logistical issues".

If no Democratic senator supports Kavanaugh, Republicans can only afford to lose one vote with their 51-seat majority. "This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh".

"It is not accurate to say that those who knew him at the time dispute this", Farrow said on ABC. Specifically, that Ramirez is a registered Democrat and that she "works toward human rights, social justice, and social change".

The Republican National Committee sent out a similar email late Sunday, casting doubt of the credibility of the story by pointing out possible holes in the article using Ramirez's own words. "Neither did (The New Yorker reporters)", he said.