Trump says Republicans should have pushed through Kavanaugh sooner


Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, is willing to testify if the FBI investigates her allegation, her lawyer said Tuesday night.

It is clear when talking to rank-and-file members that Thursday's hearing, which includes no witnesses other than Ford and Kavanaugh, could ultimately have little impact on how they vote.

If Kavanaugh gets the committee's nod, his nomination would then get a vote in the full Senate.

"I had never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever", Kavanaugh said on Fox News Monday night.

"How anybody that's allegedly educated and worked themselves into the position of being a senator can have such an inane assumption is insane", Gavin said. "She said that she had been nearly raped by someone who was now a federal judge".

Ramirez's two attorneys have not responded to CNN's multiple requests to confirm the account she gave to The New Yorker, and Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. So, despite Republicans scheduling a possible committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday morning, Thursday is a big test for the federal appeals court judge. Kavanaugh denied he had any sexual contact with either Ramirez or Blasey Ford. Asked about the move, Trump said the lawmakers "could not be nicer" and "could not be more respectful". I've known him for 17 years", she said, adding: "I know his heart. "Oh gee, lets not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that".

"I think it's disgusting that they have exploited these individuals", White House spokesperso Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday.

"The second accuser has nothing", Mr Trump told reporters at the UN.

He again described Kavanaugh's accusers as part of a Democrat plot and a "con game" to destroy his nominee to the Supreme Court.

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Democrats continued to seek an FBI investigation of the two women's allegations, which would take several days in each case.

"I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I can not imagine her making this up". They asked to meet with her beforehand, but Republicans have not released her name.

McConnell on Tuesday expressed his confidence that Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the high court. He said to "take a look at the lawyers" who "are the same lawyers who have been fighting for years" and anxious that no one will want to go before "this system" to be a judge or politician in the current environment. "Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

With the midterm Congressional election looming in November, the party's all-male representation on the panel risks appearing disrespectful of Blasey Ford in a way that could turn away women voters.

Kavanaugh told MacCallum, "I never did any such thing".

Democrats also accused Republicans of treating Ford dismissively at a time when victims of sexual crimes are speaking out across the nation.

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes at a house party in the early 1980s. "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter", he said.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who said she had a consensual liaison with President Trump, says he has another client who will accuse Kavanaugh of participating in gang rapes as a teenager.