Kavanaugh denies 2nd claim of sexual misconduct

Clay Curtis
September 24, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to instruct the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which Trump has so far refused to do.

The New Yorker said 53-year-old Deborah Ramirez described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine.

The New Yorker admits it has not confirmed through eyewitnesses Kavanaugh was even present at the party and other students who knew Kavanaugh said they never heard of the incident.

Republicans said they would accommodate several of Ford's requests, including ensuring that she had adequate security at the Capitol and that Kavanaugh would not be in the room when she speaks.

"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said. "This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say". The Washington Post reports that one White House official said, "This is an ask to continue "negotiations" without committing to anything".

The movement gained traction after Trump had questioned why Ford had failed to file a police report regarding her sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were in high school in 1982.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had delayed a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation after California professor Christine Blasey Ford's allegations emerged last week, and her lawyers and committee staff were negotiating the conditions of her testimony.

Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week. "I never saw Brett act that way".

The Liberal government introduced strict new privacy rules for federally regulated industries to better protect the victims of harassment or violence - including for those who work on Parliament Hill - following a series of allegations by and against MPs in recent years that tested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's bona fides as a leader committed to gender rights and equality.

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Dr Ford is due to give evidence to Congress on Thursday.

Ramirez, 53, remembered seeing Kavanaugh standing up with his trousers down, "laughing".

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

The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford's desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh. The New Yorker article recounting her experience states that there are witnesses who can corroborate her claims and who challenge Mr. Judge's account. Chris Coons, D-Del. He said she "should be treated with the respect she deserves".

The White House has called Kavanaugh's character and legal qualifications impeccable.

At stake is not only the fate of Trump's hand-picked Supreme Court nominee, but also Republican chances in November's midterm elections that face increased risk if the polarizing confirmation battle drags on. "I wasn't going to touch a penis until I was married", she said. They could also use staff attorneys to the Republican majority on the committee.

At least four Democratic senators have received information about Ms Ramirez's allegation, the magazine said, of whom at least two have begun investigating it. A breakthrough came over the weekend as Ford agreed to testify.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham - a member of the panel that must approve Kavanaugh's nomination before it goes to the full chamber - summed up the position of many Republicans by saying he did not expect Ford's testimony to change his mind.

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