Supreme Court Nominee: 'False' Assault Accusations Will Not Stop Him

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Donald Trump charges Democrats with making ‘false acquisitions’ against Brett Kavanaugh

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear that, no matter what happened at the hearing, the full Senate would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. "Or does it sound like a choreographed smear campaign?" asked the Senate leader. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out".

MARTIN: Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will both testify separately in front of a congressional committee Thursday.

"Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court justice because of this", the president added in a sarcastic tone, according to The New York Times.

Some in the White House expressed relief that Kavanaugh, 53, presented a positive image to counter the allegations.

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But on Sunday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the judiciary committee, urged the panel to halt proceedings in light of the latest allegation.

He also questioned the political motivations of the lawyers representing the women, saying "you should look into the lawyers doing the representation". There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects, but the nominee took the unusual step of defending himself in a television interview that underscored the GOP's new-found combativeness.

Ashley Kavanaugh said during the interview that the allegations have been hard on her and the couple's two daughters. Deborah Ramirez described the incident after being contacted by The New Yorker magazine.

Taking the political lead in the high-stakes battle over the future of the court, Trump rejected a claim by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh was the person who dropped his trousers and thrust his penis in her face at an alcohol-fueled Yale University dorm party about 35 years ago.

In a statement, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley's spokesman, Taylor Foy, said committee rules normally require such votes to be posted three days in advance. Taylor Foy, a spokesman, complained that Democrats had "actively withheld information" from the Republicans until now. Aides to several Senate Republicans working closely on the Kavanaugh nomination said they were caught off guard by the allegation detailed in the New Yorker.

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But, if the very people who hold in their hands - and votes - the power to make or break Kavanaugh's nomination are admitting publicly that nearly nothing Ford says will change their mind, isn't that the sort of rank partisanship that has gotten us into this morass in the first place?

"It's very important to take allegations of those who come forward seriously, and I think we need to go into this hearing with the view that we will listen", she said.

Comments by Murkowski on Tuesday after she met with McConnell could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh. She is slated to testify before the committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday.

The move drew sharp criticism from Democrats, who questioned whether the process would be transparent.

Lawyers for California college professor Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party during high school, objected to the hiring of a female sex crimes prosecutor to conduct much of the questioning for the committee's 11 male Republican senators. A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on his nomination. This is not fun, and it's not a pathway to a better life - just the opposite.

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That argument was echoed by White House officials attempting to poke holes in the report. So are a lot of folks on the right, including those who had favored withdrawing Kavanaugh in favor of Amy Coney Barrett, a federal appeals court judge. But he said they were not friends and did not have similar friend groups.

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