Trump Backs Supreme Court Nominee Despite New Sexual Assault Claim

Trump Backs Supreme Court Nominee Despite New Sexual Assault Claim

Darren Sullivan
September 25, 2018

The person says that lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement Saturday.

She says they were both taking part in a drinking game at a dormitory party where people sat in a circle and selected others to drink.

The tentative accord could close days of brinkmanship over whether Ford would testify. It's absurd. Ford can not remember why there was a party, whose house it was in, and how she got there.

Kavanaugh accuser Ford agrees to testify... An attorney for the woman, Leland Keyser, said in the statement "simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford".

But they want to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance. In a tweet aimed at Kavanaugh shortly before midnight, Grassley said he was giving them additional time.

Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy accused Democrats of with holding information about allegations for political reasons but said the committee will "attempt to evaluate these new claims".

Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's pick to fill a crucial Supreme Court vacancy, has seen what appeared to be an easy confirmation process up-ended by charges of sexual abuse that allegedly took place decades ago in his youth.

Blasey's lawyer, Debra Katz, responded with a blistering email, accusing Grassley's aides of pressuring her client "to agree to conditions you find advantageous to the nominee", and of imposing "aggressive and artificial deadlines" whose "sole objective is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family".

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The journalists behind the piece, Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, say they contacted dozens of classmates to try and corroborate Ms Ramirez's account.

A senior White House official deemed it a stalling tactic and an effort to "push off" the confirmation vote.

Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss private conversations. He says, "Another student told him about the incident either on the night of the party or in the next day or two". California's Diane Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, sent a letter Sunday to Republican chairman Chuck Grassley urging him to refer the new allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to ensure "a fair, independent process that will gather all the facts".

Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him.

"This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. Up or down. On the Senate floor, this fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future". Pence says he believes Kavanaugh will soon join the high court.

Just two weeks ago, there was only one version of Kavanaugh on public display: The 53-year-old, esteemed conservative judicial thinker, irreproachable family man and coach to his daughter's baseball team.

Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, immediately called for a postponement of Kavanaugh's nomination and called for the FBI to investigate both Ford and Ramirez's allegations. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, is shrugging off responsibility for the extension onto the Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer.