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Second woman makes allegation against Kavanaugh

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Faye Gross | 24 September, 2018, 23:03

As Washington and the country await Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, a second woman made allegations in The New Yorker of sexual misdeeds by Kavanaugh while they were freshmen at Yale University.

How that could backfire for Republicans: Even before President Trump picked Kavanaugh to be his Supreme Court nominee, Republicans were in politically risky territory when it came to female voters' perceptions of them. "I'm just being honest: Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking member Dianne Feinstein, in a letter, urged President Donald Trump to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to immediately and thoroughly investigate Ford's allegations and report to the Senate as soon as possible.

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.

Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations.

"I don't believe Brett Kavanaugh should serve on the Supreme Court".

But the worst-case scenario of taking no action at all beyond letting Kavanaugh's first accuser testify Thursday could cost the party its Senate majority - and maybe even the chance to control this and future Supreme Court nominations.

Trump also criticised Democrats who held the letter containing Ford's allegations and did not make its contents public before Kavanaugh's hearings began. Ramirez asked that the FBI investigate her story saying, "At least look at it". Kavanaugh strongly denies the allegations and has said he is eager to speak to the committee. "The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh", Kupec added.

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Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and is prepared to defend himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Prior to Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor, had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers at a high school party.

The journalists behind the piece, Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, say they contacted dozens of classmates to try and corroborate Ms Ramirez's account.

Even before the latest turns, the carefully negotiated hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford carried echoes of the Anita Hill hearings in 1991.

The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault. The Judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people whom Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party where the alleged assault took place - Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser. At the same time, senators from both parties should be considering the question of whether any of their as-of-now-unnamed colleagues may have responded to the prospect of new revelations regarding Kavanaugh's record with efforts to "accelerate the timing of a committee vote".

"We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it - and we did not".

Yet Trump said he was in favor of Ford testifying publicly. Ramirez says she and Kavanaugh were sitting in a small group of students playing a drinking game at the campus' Lawrance Hall.

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