Trump sticks with Kavanaugh, calls sexual assault allegations "totally political"

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Blasey's allegations, which for weeks had been kept secret by the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, have thrown Kavanaugh's confirmation process into turmoil. It's been a whirlwind couple of days with a new woman, Deborah Ramirez, bringing forward allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh when he was in college.

Hours later, however, The New Yorker magazine reported online that Senate Democrats were investigating another woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, this time dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh's first at Yale University.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", he said in a statement. This is a smear, plain and simple.

Kavanaugh denied all claims, saying in a statement that he looks forward to testifying before the Senate on Thursday and "defending my good name-and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building". The White House, which called Ramirez's allegation "the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats", reportedly does not plan to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination. Now an appeals court judge, Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

After Bush moved into the White House in 2001, he recruited Kavanaugh as legal counsel before later naming him to the appellate court in 2003. "Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way". She claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party while they both were at Yale in the early 1980s.

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One classmate who Ramirez said egged on Kavanaugh denied any memory of the party, according to the magazine. "I don't think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter", he said.

"Brett was laughing", she told the New Yorker.

"He is a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers", Trump said. The far-left CNN reports that Keyser and Ford are "lifelong friends".

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Kavanaugh later contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which outlined several grounds for Clinton's impeachment.

"This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanagh".

In a statement, Grassley said the Judiciary committee's majority staff learned of the allegation made by Ramirez from The New Yorker's report.

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. Feinstein has said she did so because she was respecting Blasey's wish to remain anonymous.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, wrangled with Ms Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance.

Once you separate the media sensationalism and the political posturing from the actual facts, what we have here is a remarkable situation where every witness named by Kavanaugh's accusers ... sides with Kavanaugh.

Blasey's lawyer, Debra Katz, responded with a blistering email, accusing Grassley's aides of pressuring her client "to agree to conditions you find advantageous to the nominee", and of imposing "aggressive and artificial deadlines" whose "sole goal is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family".

"We reached out to former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett who then met with Ms. Ramirez to work through how to analyze and present her allegations", the spokesperson added.

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