Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Second woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Standoff has Kavanaugh accuser's Senate appearance in limbo Second woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
Patty Aguilar | 24 September, 2018, 09:41

The newest allegation published Sunday night comes as another Kavanaugh accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is expected to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ramirez was allegedly reluctant to talk, according to the New Yorker story, because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.

'Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women.

A source told NBC News that President Donald Trump was made aware of the allegations prior to the New Yorker article and had not changed in his support of Kavanaugh.

He also rejected her proposal that she testify after Kavanaugh, a position lawyers consider advantageous because it gives them a chance to rebut accusations. Though she told the New Yorker she was not "politically motivated" to share her story, the RNC presented other details that, they think, call this into question.

"Senator Feinstein also could have referred these allegations anonymously and confidentially to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when she was made aware of them", committee staff wrote. Democrats, against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, countered that Ford should be shown respect and given accommodation to tell her story.

Republicans, who hold a paper-thin majority in the Senate, can ill afford defections if Kavanaugh is to be approved.

Christine Blasey (now Ford) says Kavanaugh pulled her into a bedroom, held her down, put a hand over her mouth and tried to rip her swimsuit off.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec dismissed Ramirez's allegation as "the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

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Throughout the week, the committee reached out to several people who might have information about a house party in 1982 where Ford, a 51-year-old college professor, says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, a source with knowledge of the investigation told USA TODAY, adding several people have offered statements to the committee. Shame on them.This charade has gone on long enough: Kavanaugh must withdraw immediately. In fact, I would argue that these new allegations are even weaker than Ford's accusations.

Kavanaugh steadfastly denies the allegations.

We should start with a recent update to the on again, off again plans for Christine Blasey Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

With more than thirty-five years having gone by, one might understandably forgive Ms. Ford if she couldn't remember the identities of the other boys downstairs, particularly if they hadn't kept in touch over the decades.

Friday was the latest in a string of tumultuous days for Kavanaugh, whose ascension to the Supreme Court seemed a sure bet until Ford emerged last weekend and provided details of the alleged assault.

There are, however, unresolved procedural and logistical issues, Ford's lawyers said, including whether the Judiciary Committee's Republican senators, who are all male, or staff attorneys would question her. Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions".

"She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge", it said.

The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ms Ford's desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Mr Kavanaugh. The letter also requests that committee staff join a phone call Saturday afternoon to continue negotiations over Ford's appearance.

Kavanaugh reportedly grew angry though when questions became more personal, prying into his sexual preferences and alcohol consumption.

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