On Kavanaugh allegations, Murkowski sends message to GOP: 'Take them seriously'

26 September, 2018, 01:32 | Author: Eleanor Thompson
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The President also had tough words for Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, belittling her recollections of an incident in college that Kavanaugh has denied. She attended Yale with Justice Kavanaugh, where she studied sociology and psychology, the magazine said. Deborah Ramirez alleged in a story published by The New Yorker Sunday night that while she and Kavanaugh both attended Yale University in the early 1980s, he pulled down his trousers and exposed himself to her.

Kavanaugh, who was selected by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, has now been accused of sexual assault by two different women and is scheduled to testify in front of an open hearing on Thursday. "I don't believe you have to believe a woman because they said it". A woman who was present, another woman who was present, who is Dr Ford's lifelong friend, has said she does not know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life.

Trump blasted Democrats and accused them of "playing a con game" in order to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"This is a high-quality person and I certainly hope - it would be a disgusting insult to our country if this doesn't happen".

"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens - in my opinion, it's totally political".

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Murkowski's remarks, made Monday night, were published shortly after she publicly suggested the FBI should investigate the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

While The New Yorker reported former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett - now a private attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck - was representing her, Clune confirmed with the Daily Camera today that he is representing Ramirez. "I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your trousers".

Kavanaugh denied the story, calling it "a smear, plain and simple".

But there was nothing ordinary about the stakes and circumstances of Mr Kavanaugh's nomination, with Republicans fighting to get him on the court by the end of September and cement a conservative-leaning court for years to come.

Preparing for the hearing with Ford, Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Republicans had hired an "investigating counsel" to handle questioning.

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In a break from convention, the committee's Republican senators - 11 white men - will use a woman outside lawyer to question Ford.

"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee", Graham said on Twitter.

"In our view, the hiring of an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor, ' as Mr. Davis described in his email, is contrary to the Majority's repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee's members to fulfill their constitutional obligations". "No one is trying to hide from this.in fact, Brett Kavanaugh has been leaning in".

Appearing alongside his wife Ashley in an interview on the White House-friendly network Fox News - after weeks of avoiding the media - a visibly emotional Kavanaugh doubled down, insisting: "I'm not going anywhere".

Murkowski isn't the only prominent Republican who has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh or his confirmation process.

Feinstein tells GOP to 'show a little compassion' for Kavanaugh accuser
Kavanaugh is a federal official who received a federal background check - conducted by the FBI - to hold his position. Meanwhile, Ford has been supported by numerous alumni of her school, family members and Democratic lawmakers.

"I just don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the MeToo movement", Conway said. But Republicans tried projecting unflinching support for Kavanaugh that included the nominee taking the unusual step of defending himself in a television interview.

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