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He's a 'fantastic, fantastic man' - Trump stands by Kavanaugh

He's a 'fantastic, fantastic man' - Trump stands by Kavanaugh

Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Ford alleged that she and four other people, including Kavanaugh, were present in a Maryland-area home at the time of the alleged assault.

Kavanaugh has denied the latest claim, saying the alleged incident "did not happen".

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his Supreme Court nominee and questioned why Ford did not report the incident to police.

But they say the Republican-controlled Senate panel hasn't said who will be asking questions of her and Kavanaugh. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Grassley learned of the second woman's account when it was published in the New Yorker.

"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved", Judge said in a written statement forwarded to the committee by his attorney.

The magazine reported that after "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to recall the incident. "I will listen if she does".

Ramirez said that what has stayed with her most forcefully is the memory of laughter at her expense from Kavanaugh and the other students. There's also a predictable partisan split, and a stark divide by education level: Voters with college educations believe Ford by a 14-point margin and those without a degree believe Kavanaugh by 17 points.

'I want her to have her voice, ' he said. The counsel said it was the committee's "non-negotiable" right to determine who would be allowed to testify. The accusations from Christine Blasey Ford, denied vehemently by Kavanaugh, threaten to slow his Senate confirmation vote, with Democrats saying the FBI should investigate the charges, a demand that is not gaining traction among Republicans.

No other witnesses - including former classmates who have spoken to the press but declined to voluntarily appear before the committee - will be called or subpoenaed, making it a pure case of she said, he said.

The New Yorker identifies the woman as 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez.

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Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify before a Senate panel on Thursday about what she says was a sexual assault by him at a party when they were teenagers.

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"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago, and 30 years ago and never mention it - all of a sudden it happens", Trump said.

Kavanaugh, who strongly denies the assault allegation, has said he wishes to testify as soon as possible to clear his name from Ford's claims that he attacked her at a high school party in the 1980s.

The statement from attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich came after a call Sunday with staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee. She said she was able to escape, but the Washington Post reported that she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a "rape attempt".

After the new allegations surfaced, Democrats called for a delay in Thursday's hearing.

The federal judge has calendars from the summer of 1982 he plans to share with senators showing he was out of town most of that time with no indication of the party of concern, The New York Times reported.

The magazine said it had not found eyewitnesses to confirm that Mr Kavanaugh was at the party, though one former classmate remembered hearing about the incident from another, and independently corroborated numerous details offered by Ms Ramirez.

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford and representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement late Saturday.


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