Murkowski wants Senate panel to hear from second Kavanaugh accuser

Larry Hoffman
September 26, 2018

President Donald Trump weighed in from the United Nations in NY, despite efforts by White House aides and other Republicans to keep him from roiling the waters.

For Trump, getting the conservative Kavanaugh into the lifetime appointment would cement his mission to shift the court to the right for years to come.

There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects. "She admits that she was drunk". A spokesman for McConnell said that his office was not aware of the allegations before Sunday evening - and that specifically, Senate Democrats did not inform Republicans about the accusation.

According to The New Yorker, Ramirez studied sociology and psychology at Yale and went on to work for an organization that supports victims of domestic violence. Ramirez, who was also a Yale freshman at the time, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a dormitory party that involved drinking.

Ramirez admitted to the New Yorker that there are gaps in her memory of the incident, and that she expects her memories to be questioned as she had been under the influence of alcohol. And it might have been him.

Meanwhile, the Republicans were still assessing what Kavanaugh's Monday interview on the Fox News Channel - an unusual appearance for a Supreme Court nominee - indicates about how he would do in Thursday's hearing.

"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters at the United Nations.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process". There are now no plans for Ramirez to testify.

"If there are allegations out there, then Ms. Ramirez needs to be willing to come forward with them, just as Dr. Ford has been willing to come forward, albeit reluctantly and understandably so", Murkowski said.

Comments by Murkowski on Tuesday after she met with McConnell could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh and his Republican allies portrayed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have fought his nomination from the outset.

On Thursday, Judge Kavanaugh and another accuser from his high school years testify before a US Senate panel. But he added, "What I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", a remarkable assertion for a nominee to the nation's highest court.

In the Fox interview Kavanaugh got a taste of the personal questions he'll face from senators.

If Kavanaugh is defeated or withdraws, the midterm elections will be held before another nominee can be confirmed, and Democrats have an outside chance of winning a Senate majority. Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a Maryland house party when they were in high school.

Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday that Kavanaugh's answers in the Fox News interview brought up more questions about whether he has been fully truthful with the American people. When she pushed him away, she accidentally touched it without her consent. No one else remembered any of it. "But they know Brett and they know the truth".

After the interview aired, the sense in the West Wing was relief that Kavanaugh was able to present an image to counter the allegations. It's not clear how soon a vote by the full Senate would follow.

Grassley is planning to use his committee's modest-sized hearing room instead of a far larger chamber that's often home to high-profile hearings.

Democrats continued to seek an FBI investigation of the two women's allegations, which would take several days in each case.

Seating Kavanaugh on the nation's top court - or not seating him - could affect the fight for control of Congress in the November 6 election. And young women who've worked for Brett, women who went to law school with him, women who were lawyers with him in Washington, D.C., women who worked with him in the White House, all say the same thing. The president told reporters that she was "totally inebriated and all messed up" at the time. He also said he was a virgin in high school and for "many years thereafter".

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