Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump calls Kavanaugh allegations 'scary time' for men falsely accused

Trump calls Kavanaugh allegations 'scary time' for men falsely accused

Last week, a triumvirate of Republican senators - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - vowed to withhold support for the nominee unless the White House allowed a supplemental background check into claims of sexual assault against Kavanaugh from California university professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Mr Trump said he believed the Senate would approve the judge. "It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", he said at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.

At least 22 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct between the late 1970s and 2013.

While Democrats have said they hope to keep delaying Kavanaugh's nomination until past the mid-term elections and ultimately torpedo his chances, McConnell said on October 1 that a floor vote would, in fact, happen this week. On Monday, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee called for Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews of about dozen people who might have information relevant to three Kavanaugh accusers.

However Mr Trump said in response to a reporter's question that it "would not be acceptable" if Mr Kavanaugh had lied to Congress during his testimony.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all of the allegations.

Julia Swetnick says she went to house parties attended by Mr Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, where she said he and his friends tried to "spike" girls' drinks.

In speaking to FBI agents, Deborah Ramirez detailed her allegation that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the early 1980s when they were students at Yale University, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to publicly discuss details of a confidential investigation. However, Berchem said in her memo that she exchanged texts with another classmate, Karen Yarasavage, also a friend of Kavanaugh, ahead of that publication date.

What he's said: "I agreed to support him before all of this came out".

Mr Kavanaugh has denied that allegation.

The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Mr Kavanaugh is confirmed.

As the FBI completed interviews with four people as part of its one-week investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, moderate Republican Senator Jeff Flake said he was anxious about the judge's performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday.

The process has taken months, starting with most senators meeting privately with President Donald Trump's nominee followed by a week of public hearings. He said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his ascension to the high court.

"The White House isn't intervening, we are not micromanaging this process", she said.

The FBI is investigating, lawmakers are sniping and the nation is watching. But the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation vote will move forward. "That is a very, very hard standard", Trump said outside the White House before leaving on a visit to Philadelphia.

Chris Dudley and Dan Murphy said they had never seen the nominee black out at college or behave inappropriately with women.

Pushing back on the Democratic attacks, Republicans said Kavanaugh had every right to be upset during the hearing.

Three days ago, the Republican senator single-handedly delayed Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings by insisting on an FBI investigation as a condition for his support. If all Democratic senators vote against Kavanaugh, Republicans - who have a 51-49 edge in the Senate - can only afford to lose one vote to get the judge's confirmation passed.

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