Trump says Dems using 'con game' to sink Kavanaugh court bid

Supreme Court Kavanaugh Accusers Story

Supreme Court Kavanaugh Accusers Story

"What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh told Fox News' Martha MacCallum.

It was an extraordinary appearance for a nominee to the nation's highest court, one no such nominee had done before.

President Donald Trump has questioned the accusations against Kavanaugh, saying the claims are "totally unsubstantiated" and are more than 30 years old.

"Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person".

Kavanaugh, 53, said on the conservative-friendly Fox News Channel that he wasn't questioning that his initial accuser, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, may have been sexually assaulted in her life. Kavanaugh denied he had any sexual contact with either Ramirez or Blasey Ford. He said he did not remember being at a party with her.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump ramped up his criticism of Ford and Ramirez on Friday, calling the allegations against Kavanaugh "a con game being played by Democrats".

GOP lawmakers are "missing the power of the past year, where people have so powerfully and importantly named their experiences", said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center.

Kavanaugh's approval was only two weeks ago considered a done deal, with all Republicans in the narrowly divided Senate appearing set to back him. Asked whether he thought Ford's claims were also fabricated, Hatch said, "I think she's honest, at least I hope so". "I've never sexually assaulted anyone".

Trump then lit into Kavanaugh's second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself while they were students at Yale, thrusting his penis in her face during a drinking game.

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On Monday night, Kavanaugh repeatedly said that he wanted a "fair process". If such a thing had happened it would have been the talk of campus.

US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his house as US Marshalls try to hide him from cameras with an umbrella in Chevy Chase, Maryland, US, September 25, 2018. Russell Wheeler, an expert on the judicial selection process at the Brookings Institution, said he was unaware of a similar media interview by a Supreme Court nominee in the past 100 years.

Bromwich also said it was hard to conclude that the upcoming hearing will be "fair and credible", which is what the Committee has sought, given that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is calling the accusations against Kavanaugh part of a Democratic Party "smear campaign". Kavanaugh was defiant as well.

"I'm confident we're going to win, confident he will be confirmed in the very near future", Mr. McConnell said.

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

"How anybody that's allegedly educated and worked themselves into the position of being a senator can have such an inane assumption is insane", Gavin said.

Contrary to his assertion that he remained a virgin "for many years" after high school, during our freshman year he described losing his virginity. Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women; one from high school and one from college.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that nearly 6-in-10 Americans (58 percent) say they will be following the proceeding closely or very closely and a plurality haven't made up their minds on who's telling the truth - about a third (32 percent) believe Ford, about a quarter (26 percent) believe Kavanaugh and 42 percent are unsure who to believe.

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