Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee hits out at 'character assassination'

Lawrence Kim
September 25, 2018

The White House remained firmly behind Kavanaugh Monday and planned an aggressive defense, said a White House official not authorized to speak publicly, who stressed the lack of corroborating evidence. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out.

In further evidence of the Republican effort to salvage the nomination, Mr Kavanaugh and his wife were due to appear in an interview to be aired on Fox News later on Monday.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process".

"We're talking about an allegation of sexual assault", Kavanaugh said in a clip released from his interview on Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum".

Of the social event at which Ford alleges his attack on her took place, Kavanaugh said: "I was never at any such party".

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused the Democrats of having "no boundaries" when it comes to opposing Trump, who on Monday reaffirmed his support for Kavanaugh.

His comments, made as he entered United Nations headquarters in NY, were his first since a report Sunday night on a second allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.

Republicans on the Judiciary Committee do not expect, however, to be able to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation until Friday at the absolute earliest.

In a story published Sunday evening by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken party while both were first year students at Yale University.

As the day wore on Monday, it became increasingly clear that Democrats and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee were moving in opposite directions over how to proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination.

"I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation, and that you join our request for the White House to direct the FBI to investigate the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford as well as these new claims".

It's unclear whether these protests will have any effect on the Senate Republicans, who seem dead set on holding a vote, regardless of the mounting accusations against Kavanaugh.

"I will answer any questions you have", Ford said in the letter.

"The Republican viewpoint is that the left is trying to create a pattern of sexual misconduct in order to make him radioactive", the source said. Last week, Blasey claimed that Judge was in the room while the now-Supreme Court nominee allegedly groped her ― an incident Judge said in a letter he has "no memory" of. Lindsey Graham of SC, a member of the Judiciary Committee, had similar counsel. "It is being replaced by a game of delay, deception, and wholesale character assassination".

"I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I'm telling the truth". Ford said Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and unsuccessfully sought to remove her clothes.

Kavanaugh also told MacCallum he was a virgin in high school and for "many years" after, although that claim doesn't contradict either of the allegations against him.

Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS that the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs. About half as many protesters were arrested for protesting Kavanaugh on Thursday. The group loudly chanted, "We believe the women". About 63 percent of sexual assaults in the United States are not reported to the police. "And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends".

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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