Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump assails Boulder woman accusing Kavanaugh: ‘She admits that she was drunk’

Trump assails Boulder woman accusing Kavanaugh: ‘She admits that she was drunk’

The vote will come less than 24 hours after Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate, after accusing Mr Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct dating back to his school and college days.

Having the lawyer pepper Christine Blasey Ford with questions might spare the Senate Republicans who run the committee of potentially bad optics of having the all male, aging committee members conducting a televised interrogation of a woman claiming assault.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh plan to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the accusation on Thursday.

Trump ultimately wants Kavanaugh's nomination to come to a vote, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday would happen "in the near future".

Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge chosen by Trump for a lifetime post on the high court, has been imperiled by the decades-old allegations by Ford and another woman, Deborah Ramirez.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, wrangled with Ms Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance.

Kavanaugh was a "notably heavy drinker" in school who "became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk", Roche said.


Some Republicans have said their support for Judge Kavanaugh depends on the outcome of the hearing.

"The second accuser doesn't even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not", Mr Trump said during a United Nations meeting on Tuesday.

The sharp exchanges on the Senate floor came one day after Kavanaugh appeared on US cable television - an unprecedented move for a Supreme Court nominee - to refute all allegations of sexual misconduct. "She was totally messed up".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh has denied he ever sexually assaulted any one.

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said in the Fox News interview.

But senators were still openly feuding over processes and precedents in terse letters and emails late Tuesday, with Democrats seeking delays and investigations and Republicans insisting the time for negotiations had ended. Sen. There are also questions as to how wide the reports of the potential new allegation were spread among Senate Democrats. Regarding alcohol, he said he never drank so much that he could not remember what happened the night before. Not in high school. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out".

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