Trump says Kavanaugh allegations 'totally political'

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Second woman makes allegation against Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump on Monday described the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh as "totally political" and said he stood by his Supreme Court nominee.

Mr Trump, himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, twice offered words of support for Mr Kavanaugh while in NY to attend the UN General Assembly.

McConnell read excerpts from a New York Times report that on Sunday raised questions about claims by Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly exposing himself to her during a dorm party while they were freshman classmates at Yale University.

The accusation from Ramirez raise the stakes further for a dramatic showdown Thursday, as Kavanaugh and Ford testify in public about an incident she characterizes as attempted rape - and that he says simply never happened.

After much negotiating, California professor Christine Blasey Ford was scheduled to testify this week about her allegation that when she was 15 and Kavanaugh 17, he held her down on a bed during a house drinking party, put his hand over her mouth so she couldn't scream, and tried to remove her clothing.

Kavanaugh has denied the new charge and called it "a smear, plain and simple".

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Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, immediately called for a postponement of Kavanaugh's nomination and called for the FBI to investigate both Ford and Ramirez's allegations.

In a letter to Grassley, Feinstein called for "an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh". Taylor Foy, a Judiciary spokesman, complained that Democrats "actively withheld information" from the Republicans.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is typically expected to "favorably report" judicial nominees to the full Senate; that requires a majority of the Republican-controlled panel to give a thumbs-up.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec told Fox News: "This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

For Democrats, the row is a golden opportunity to build on anger among female voters at Trump's often dismissive attitude to allegations of sexual misconduct - including against the president himself.

"Enough is enough", Fallon said in a statement. He's still going to vote yes on the confirmation. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so.

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"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.

'This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future, ' he pledged. Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way.

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The woman said Kavanaugh forced her to come in contact with his penis while both were inebriated at a party. In the letter, Ford claims she was "physically and sexually assaulted" by Kavanaugh and that she received medical treatment as a result.

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson also said journalistic efforts to vet Kavanaugh are the product of hard work, not partisanship.

The statement from attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich came after a call Sunday with staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn't remember the party.

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