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Trump on Brett Kavanaugh: "I am with him all the way"

Trump on Brett Kavanaugh:

The New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday evening that a 53-year-old woman, Deborah Ramirez, who attended university with Kavanaugh, has alleged that the judge appeared to have thrust his genitals in her face at a drunken party during their freshman year in 1983-4 academic calendar.

Ford and Ramirez have faced criticism for waiting more than 30 years to report their claims against Kavanaugh.

"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the conservative judge said in a statement. "This is a smear, plain and simple". The two incidents are alleged to have occurred within just a few years of one another. Grassley's staff also agreed to let Ford testify without Kavanaugh in the room, for there to be only one camera in the room, "adequate" breaks and a high security presence. It is my hope that Deborah Ramirez would also come forward to the Judiciary Committee and testify. Feinstein asked that Ford write her allegations in the letter.

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.

It is already clear that formal consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination should be put on hold pending a renewed inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She was unsure of his role in the incident at first, but after six days of carefully assessing memories and consulting with her attorney, Stan Garnett, Ramirez told The New Yorker she felt confident enough in her recollections to say she remembers it was Kavanaugh who had exposed himself.

Republicans, with a 51-49 Senate majority, can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united. "I am with him all the way", Trump said as he arrived in NY to attend the U.N. General assembly, calling the allegations politically motivated.

According to Democratic staffers, members of the committee have been fielding multiple tips about other incidents in the week since Ford's allegation became public, and have been working to verify them.

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On Friday, Mr Grassley had rejected concessions Ms Ford wanted if she is tell her story publicly before the committee.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump in July for a lifetime job on the top USA court, wrote in a letter to the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the confirmation process.

Ford's lawyers said it was still unclear who will ask questions, as Republicans were trying to hire an outside female counsel who could take over the questioning. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy was the frequently the court's swing vote.

"This came to the attention of people on the hill independently and it's really cornered her into an awkward position", Farrow told "Good Morning America" on Monday. The main event took place in Washington D.C., where protesters gathered in the Hart Senate Office Building atrium, raised their fists, and demanded that senators reject Kavanaugh's nomination. The White House directed the FBI to conduct an investigation. A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man".

She added: 'I'm absolutely 100 percent comfortable with the story.

Hartmann said the committee would begin "looking into the allegations" but would not commit to calling in additional witnesses for the hearing.


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