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

Trump says second Kavanaugh accuser was 'drunk,' says Democrats playing 'con game'

Trump says second Kavanaugh accuser was 'drunk,' says Democrats playing 'con game'

"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters while at the United Nations General Assembly in NY. There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects, but the nominee took the unusual step of defending himself in a television interview that underscored the GOP's new-found combativeness. "The second accuser thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not".

During a photo opportunity with the president of Colombia at the United Nations on Tuesday, Trump argued that a California professor's claim that a teenage Kavanaugh held her down on a bed, put his hand over her mouth and tried to remove her clothes was "totally unsubstantiated".

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to speak with Kavanaugh's first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Taking the political lead in the high-stakes battle over the future of the court, Trump rejected a claim by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh was the person who dropped his trousers and thrust his penis in her face at an alcohol-fueled Yale University dorm party about 35 years ago.

"They locked the door and played loud music, precluding any successful attempts to yell for help", Ford said in her letter.

She alleged that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.

"She said she was totally inebriated", he said of Ms Ramirez. And she says: 'Well it might not be him.' And there were gaps.

Kavanaugh's approval to be the ninth justice on the Supreme Court was considered near-certain just two weeks ago, based on Republicans' narrow control of the Senate.

Donald Trump has also, however, also spoken out in increasingly defensive and combative terms in favor of Kavanaugh in recent days as the process descended into a ugly, partisan battle.

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On Monday night, Kavanaugh repeatedly said that he wanted a "fair process". Ford has agreed to testify on Thursday, after almost a week of fraught negotiations with chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Chuck Grassley.

With his future and reputation on the line, Kavanaugh stepped up his counterattack with a statement denouncing a "last minute character assassination" aimed at forcing him to stand aside.

"The American people know that sexual misconduct is gravely serious", McConnell said Tuesday. "No one is trying to hide from fact, Brett Kavanaugh has been leaning in".

This comes as Kavanaugh is set to testify once again before lawmakers on Thursday on the allegations against him.

She says President Donald Trump "has said a number of times these individuals should be heard".

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear that, no matter what happened at the hearing, the full Senate would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced almost two weeks ago.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of molesting her during an early 1980s high school party.

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said in an interview on Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum", to air on Monday evening.

Kavanaugh later contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky and went on to become part of George W. Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush winning the presidency.

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