Trump Defends Handling of Kavanaugh Allegations: ‘Republicans Could Not be Nicer’

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President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rejected Monday fresh accusations of sexual assault when he was young and said he would not withdraw from consideration for the high court. Reuters was not immediately able to verify the substance of the woman's allegation.

She should feel free to make an opening statement, even if it means taking over the time allotted for the first question and answer. "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

"What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh told Fox News' Martha MacCallum in an exclusive interview on Monday.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY retorted that if McConnell believed the allegations were a smear, "why don't you call for an FBI investigation?"

Yet GOP senators acknowledge the hearing Thursday with Kavanaugh and Ford is a do-or-die moment.

Borger noted that Murkowski feels it's "important to remember if the FBI investigates these allegations, that it would be part of a continuation of the multiple background checks the Federal Bureau of Investigation has already conducted". Somehow her legal team managed to duck all six requests, at one point reportedly telling Republicans to read the New Yorker story if they want her statement. In 1991, Clarence Thomas was confirmed by the Senate after the Judiciary Committee passed on recommending him.

Senate Republicans are bringing in a veteran Arizona prosecutor to handle questioning about the allegations.

Those elections could shift the balance of power in Congress as Democrats seek to regain control from conservatives. "'Whenever I'm at a prep school party, I always treat women with Dignity & Respect.'" He said Kavanaugh's yearbook also basically disproves his claim he's "always" treated women with dignity and respect, especially Renate Dolphin.

Adela Gildo-Mazzon states in her sworn affidavit that Ford told her the story about the assault, but did not mention Kavanaugh's name, when the two met at a Mountain View, California, restaurant in June 2013.

He said that all of the witnesses identified by Dr Ford as being present at the party have said they have "no recollection of any such party happening" on the record to the committee.

Ford's story emerged September 13, a week before the committee was to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, when the ranking member, Democratic Sen.

On CNN Tuesday evening John Clune, Ramirez's attorney, accused Senate Republicans of doing whatever they could to not hear her accusations.

"I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends". MacCallum asked him how long he was a virgin in college, after he volunteered that he never had sex in high school. Senate Democrats are also investigating a second allegation of sexual misconduct by a woman who was classmates with Kavanaugh at Yale.

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced comedian Bill Cosby to 3 to 10 years in prison for aggravated indecent assault, labeling him a "sexually violent predator".

[Bringing in Mitchell] is a transparently clumsy attempt to avoid the visual of a panel of all-male Republican Judiciary Committee members grilling a survivor about her sexual assault allegations.

"They could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago, and you wouldn't be talking about it right now, which is frankly what I would have preferred". "I've taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible". A vote in the full Senate could happen as early as next Tuesday, senior Senate Republicans have said.

Lawyers for the Senate Judiciary committee say they are reviewing Ms Swetnick's testimony. Both boys were inebriated, she said.

Kavanaugh's TV appearance came three days before a crucial Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which he and his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, were slated to testify.

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