Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Democrats know of second Kavanaugh claim, New Yorker reports

Democrats know of second Kavanaugh claim, New Yorker reports

A days-long back and forth over the timing and terms of a hearing with Mr Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, appeared to end on Sunday with the announcement that they would appear separately on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it-and we did not.

In many ways, Republicans have remained in the political driver's seat since Ford came forward with her allegation that Kavanaugh corralled her in a room at a boozy house party, covered her mouth and attempted to force himself on her.

The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, called on the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, to postpone Thursday's hearing in order to investigate Ramirez's accusations.

"I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted", Ms. Ramirez told the magazine. She recalled remarking, "That's not a real penis", and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting her, one encouraging her to "kiss it".

In a Saturday email, attorneys Katz and Lisa Banks said many aspects of the proposal made by the Senate panel "are fundamentally inconsistent with the committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process".

A White House official not authorized to speak publicly questioned the accusations coming from Avenatti's client, saying that the presence of the high-profile attorney - who has publicly taken on Trump and is weighing a 2020 Democratic presidential bid - makes the proceedings a "circus".

McConnell was criticized by Ford's supporters Friday after he vowed to a group of religious conservatives that Kavanaugh would soon be on the Supreme Court.

'I want her to have her voice, ' he said. Ford says she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to get away.

Senate Democrats are investigating the bombshell claim by Deborah Ramirez, according to the New Yorker magazine. Ramirez said that while she was drunk, a male student pointed a plastic penis at her.

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands.

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"I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime - against these last-minute allegations".

More voters believe Ford, 36 percent, than Kavanaugh, 30 percent, with 34 percent unsure who to believe, the poll found.

Some Republicans, including President Trump, have accused her and Democratic politicians of deliberately trying to delay and obstruct the judge's confirmation using the allegations.

Tensions have been running on overdrive since Ford, a 51-year-old college professor in California, went public with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were at a house party in high school.

"These serious allegations should be fairly and impartially considered before the Senate moves forward". She said she was able to escape, but the Washington Post reported that she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a "rape attempt".

As he builds a case for his innocence, Mr Kavanaugh plans to turn over to the committee calendars from the summer of 1982 that don't show a party consistent with Ms Ford's description of the gathering in which she says he attacked her, The New York Times reported. All three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question, the committee said.

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