GOP pushing forward for Kavanaugh, accuser wants fairness


Republicans thundered into an all-out campaign to save Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination Monday as a second woman accused him of a long-ago sexual assault.

"It is imperative the Judiciary Committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken as soon as possible", the committee member said in a statement.

Adding additional witnesses remained a point of dispute as well, with direct questions over whether Mark Judge - a Kavanaugh friend whom Ford says was in the room when the alleged assault happened - could testify - or why not. "Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I'm with him all the way".

Ramirez says she was reluctant to come forward because the alleged incident was something she 'was embarrassed about, ' but eventually chose to share what she believes happened publicly following the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford against the beleaguered Supreme Court nominee.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal fight with Mr Trump, claimed to represent a woman with information about high school-era parties attended by Mr Kavanaugh and urged the Senate to investigate.

The US president spoke a day after a second allegation emerged against Mr Kavanaugh, a development that further imperilled his nomination to the Supreme Court.

Senate Republicans strongly signaled on Wednesday that they will forge ahead with embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation as his accuser called the rush for a public hearing next week unfair.

Earlier, the panel had given the California professor until 2:30 pm (1830 GMT) to decide whether to appear, after she rejected a Friday evening deadline imposed by the committee's Republican leader, Chuck Grassley.

It remains to be seen whether or not Dr. Ford will come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify against Judge Kavanaugh.

The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh.

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Per Ramirez's account, she and several students were playing a drinking game, causing her to become intoxicated quickly.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says the furor surrounding sexual harassment claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a "total collapse of the traditional confirmation process". Ford is also set to testify to the committee.

"This is a smear, plain and simple".

She alleges Mr Kavanaugh tried to drunkenly remove her clothing, pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth at a high-school party in 1982 when she was 15 and he was 17.

The email attempts to discredit Ramirez's accusation with a selective breakdown of The New Yorker article, such as the fact she admitted there were "significant gaps" in her memories about the event.

The White House is approaching Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional appearance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

Ford might choose to appear on Monday, and make a powerful opening statement accusing Republicans of running a sham investigation.

A White House spokeswoman says the administration stands by the nominee, labelling the allegation "the latest in coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down". "What exactly is the standard for ruining one man's life based on decades of allegations that have nothing to do with him?" Kavanaugh denies the claim.

"I just don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #metoo movement", she said, using the popular name for the wave of women who have shared stories of being victims of sexual assault and misconduct, particularly in the workplace.