#BelieveSurvivors protests erupt in Washington against Brett Kavanaugh; dozens arrested


Some celebrities embraced #BelieveSurvivors Monday in support of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Raminez, who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual conduct, which he denies.

"Justice matters. Evidence matters".

Mr Kavanaugh said: "If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrangled with Ford's lawyers for the last week over the exact terms of her appearance. "The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party", Kavanaugh said. He says she says "she was totally inebriated and all messed up".

Two women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago. Kavanaugh, 53, is now a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals. NPR claims that Barrett and Kavanaugh were Trump's two final picks, but Vox reported that Trump wants his Supreme Court nominee to have a degree from Harvard or Yale, and Barrett attended Notre Dame Law School.

Kavanaugh is considered more conservative than Kennedy and liberals have feared that if he is confirmed, the Supreme Court will shift considerably to the right. Susan Collins of Maine, Arizona's Jeff Flake and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski.

One of Republicans' biggest selling points on the campaign trail is the record pace of conservative federal judges the Senate has confirmed since Donald Trump became president.

Asked Tuesday if there should be a fresh FBI investigation of Kavanaugh, Murkowski said, "Well, it would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?"

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.

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One frequent Trump critic, Sen. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise".

If Kavanaugh's nomination does make it to a vote from the entire U.S. Senate, it is possible that some GOP senators could join Democrats in voting against the nominee.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would investigate Ramirez's accusation.

"This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate", wrote Ford adviser Michael Bromwich. The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone.

On Sunday, The New Yorker dropped a new bombshell, reporting that a second woman was accusing the Washington appeals court judge of sexual misconduct, while they were students at Yale University around 1983-84. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her when both were in high school and at a party in the early 1980s; she came forward in an article published September 16.

"This is so patently unfair to [Ford] and what really bothers me and gets me so angry is that the White House is victimizing this person", she continued, without a note of irony as she unfairly blamed half the country for Ford's alleged assault, then tried to berate them into agreeing with her.

I doubt that there has ever in the history of legitimate journalism been anyone who thought it was remotely okay to use the quote "I believe it could have happened" from an anonymous person with absolutely no direct information about something which might have happened 35 years ago where there are no corroborating witnesses.

'I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter, ' he told Fox News, appearing alongside his wife Ashley ahead of his own Senate testimony due after Ford's.