Details of Thursday hearing for Kavanaugh accuser to be set

Details of Thursday hearing for Kavanaugh accuser to be set

Kavanaugh says the event "did not happen" and that the allegation is "a smear, plain and simple".

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man", said WH spokesperson Kerri Kupex.

A fourth member of the group Dr Christine Blasey Ford claimed to be with at the party where she was allegedly assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied any knowledge of the attack.

"We made important progress on our call this morning with Senate Judiciary Committee staff members", the attorneys, Debra Katz, Lisa Banks, and Michael Bromwich said.

She alleges Mr Kavanaugh tried to drunkenly remove her clothing, pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth at a high-school party in 1982 when she was 15 and he was 17.

In addition, the New Yorker claims, some Republicans in the Senate were also informed about the new accusations.

At least two Senate Democrats are now investigating the allegations, according to The New Yorker. Republican senators had said it would be inappropriate for a witness to dictate who would be called.

A classmate of Ramirez's, who was not at the party and who declined to be identified, told the magazine he is "one hundred per cent sure" that either on the night of the party or in the next day or two he was told Kavanaugh was the student who exposed himself to Ramirez.

Ramirez is calling for an FBI investigation of her claim. Pence says he believes Kavanaugh will soon join the high court. Patti Davis, the daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, wrote a piece for The Washington Post revealing that she was raped about 40 years ago, and like Blasey, is hazy on the details.

Blasey Ford's story is by now familiar to anyone who's tuned in to a USA news channel in the past week: she alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh steered her into a bedroom and tried to undress her during a gathering of teens in suburban Maryland in the 1980s. Avenatti tweeted Sunday that he is representing a woman with "credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge", a friend of Kavanaugh's.

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She says at one point, a plastic penis was pointed in her direction by one man, and later another exposed himself directly. Senior Republican staffers have likewise learnt of the allegation and expressed concern about its impact on the nomination, The New Yorker added. 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. In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett's Supreme Court nomination was pending.

The White House itself echoed Kavanaugh's pushback. "We must ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted before moving forward".

Feinstein also linked to a statement in which she blasted Republicans for their insistence (at the time) on holding a hearing with Ford on Monday as scheduled: "I'm shocked and appalled by the Republicans' refusal to wait 24 hours for a hearing".

The classmate independently recalled numerous same details Ramirez told The New Yorker about the incident.

He also rejected her proposal that she testify after Kavanaugh, a position lawyers consider advantageous because it gives them a chance to rebut accusations.

Time's Up had issued an earlier statement on her accusation against Kavanaugh, which concluded: "Listen to Christine Blasey Ford". Kavanaugh has denied the incident.

As the Twitter wars were playing out, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, assured an audience of conservative Christians on Friday that Kavanaugh's confirmation would go through.

The latest denial, issued on September 22 by the lawyer for Leland Keyser-one of the four witnesses named by accuser Christine Ford-comes days before Ford is expected to offer her account to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a September 27 hearing.

As Republicans considered their next move in private talks, they also made it clear they viewed Ford's offer as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's pick for the court.

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