Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump court nominee says he won't be 'intimidated' into withdrawing

Trump court nominee says he won't be 'intimidated' into withdrawing

US President Donald Trump has chose to stand behind his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But she does remember a penis being thrust in her face and Kavanaugh pulling up his trousers and laughing, while his friend shouted "Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face", down the hallway.

It didn't take long Sunday night for the Republican National Committee to attempt to discredit Deborah Ramirez, the Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh's who has accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct.

"I can tell you that some women do not come forward because they fear not being believed, and a lot of other women don't come forward because of other women who make false accusations", Conway said.

As the talks continued, Mr Grassley countered that he would end the stand-off by scheduling a Monday vote on whether to recommend Mr Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

He has denied both accusations.

TRT World's Mary McCarthy has more from Los Angeles.

President Donald Trump staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct Monday, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh "totally political".

His spokesman, Conn Carroll, said "the New York Times has poked significant holes in The New Yorker story. Sen".

Kavanaugh's nomination was already in a perilous state ahead of a hearing planned for Thursday on an allegation by California professor Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her at a high school party three decades ago.

Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations.

The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

Ramirez herself initially "was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty".

In his letter on Monday, Kavanaugh said of the allegations against him: "These are smears, pure and simple".

A White House spokeswoman says the administration stands by the nominee, labelling the allegation "the latest in coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down".

He expressed confidence that Republicans "will manage this confirmation properly with the utmost respect for all concerned" and said he expected Mr Kavanaugh to join the high court soon. Kavanaugh denies the allegation. She says he covered her mouth and tried to remove her clothing.

Mr. Foy said the committee has asked Mr. Avenatti to provide evidence from the woman he is representing, who he says is not Ms. Ramirez, the woman in the New Yorker piece.

"It's when men become powerful and think that they can use women and interrupt their careers if they want to for their own predatory proclivities that then they start preying upon women", she continued.

The White House said this could be a delaying tactic. "I'm just being honest: Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this". "They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault".

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, had set several deadlines since Friday for Ford to decide whether and how she would testify before the panel.

Kavanaugh, 53, has been the subject of mounting sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks.

One issue that appeared to have been resolved in Sunday's hourlong phone call between Judiciary staff and Ford's lawyers was the committee's refusal to subpoena Mark Judge, the other person Ford alleges was in the room when the assault occurred.

For Ramirez, like Kavanaugh's first accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, coming forward was a hard decision.

Trump has called Ford's allegation into question, writing on Twitter on Friday that "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".

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