McConnell blasts Dems for 'shameful smear campaign' against Kavanaugh

Yolanda Curtis
September 25, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces a second allegation of sexual misconduct after another woman came forward accusing him of inappropriate sexual behaviour during his college years at Yale University.

In a letter to the judiciary panel, he wrote: "These are smears, pure and simple". Kerri Kupec, an administration spokesperson, claimed that the new allegation was part of a "coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

On Sunday evening Kavanaugh issued a statement through the White House press office categorically denying the allegations made by Ramirez. The President has added to the backlash against the women, saying that he felt Kavanaugh was a "fantastic, fantastic man" and tweeting a unsafe sentiment that Dr. Ford should have come forward when it happened (people statistically don't report assault for many reasons including fear of not being believed).

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would investigate Ramirez's accusation.

The New Yorker article, co-authored by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, says "Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week" without specifying who the staffers worked for. It said that the allegation came to the attention of Democratic senators through a civil rights lawyer. The politically charged hearing has already been criticized by Democrats who are calling for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh's conduct.

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The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after almost a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story. She posted a sign on her front door, indicating she would have no comment.

Kavanaugh denied Ramirez's allegations in a statement disseminated by the White House saying the encounter she described "did not happen".

Still, many conservatives, some of whom see a coordinated effort to derail Kavanaugh's nomination, were incensed, arguing that the story was too factually flimsy for publication in the first place. Defections among Republicans would likely block his path to the Supreme Court.

"Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way", Trump said.

The allegations, dating to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Mr Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation in a Senate narrowly controlled by Mr Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away. "I am with him all the way", he said as he arrived in NY to attend the United Nations general assembly, calling the allegations politically motivated. The newspaper said it had interviewed "several dozen people" over the past week to corroborate her story "and could find no one with firsthand knowledge".

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As he builds a case for his innocence, Kavanaugh plans to turn over to the committee calendars from the summer of 1982.

A second classmate said that after the party, he overheard a female student speaking about an incident at a party involving a fake penis and a male student exposing himself, though the classmate was not certain about the identity of the female student.

U.S Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh/PBS screenshot. "Which means, if that's the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again". A breakthrough came over the weekend as Ford agreed to testify.

The three lawyers are not pleased with but agree to the committee's decision not to call any other witnesses.

The two sides finalized the date and time of the hearing over email.

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Her lawyers say the professor's life has been turned upside down, having received death threats and been forced out of her home. She told the newspaper that she discussed the alleged assault in 2012 when she attended couples therapy with her husband.

"Senator Feinstein and the Democrats held the letter for months, only to release it with a bang after the hearings were OVER - done very purposefully to Obstruct & Resist & Delay".

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