So Kavanaugh gets confirmed to the Supreme Court, OK?
"The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out", said Kavanaugh, who will testify Thursday before the committee.
"Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person". Defections among Republicans would likely block his path to the Supreme Court. Senators are being told to keep their schedules open. "If Ms. Ramirez submits testimony and evidence to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which committee investigators have requested, we can decide how to proceed". They say the move is inconsistent with the GOP pledge to avoid a "circus".
All 11 Republicans on the Senate panel are men. "She thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not", the president said.
In the 1990s, he led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments.
Kavanaugh's case may also have suffered after The New York Times published an article the same day detailing his high school yearbook page, which included apparent references to drinking and partying.
The second claim against Kavanaugh dates to the 1983-84 academic year, which was his first at Yale University. Kavanaugh denies the accusation. "They're playing a con game".
"I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there", she said. "If Grassley waits long enough, the Democrats will come up with the woman claiming to be Kavanaugh's secret Russian wife - he's a bigamist, too, don't you know - and Trump paid Kavanaugh's second wife to hire a bunch of prostitutes to urinate on the bed Obama slept in while in Moscow". Then on September 16th, Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh, publicly spoke out about the experience to the Washington Post.
The Kavanaugh controversy is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify regarding her allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. "I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was defiant, speaking confidently about Kavanaugh's prospects, assailing Democrats and casting the nominee as a victim of "the weaponization of unsubstantiated smears".
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She alleged that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party. He has denied sexually assaulting anyone. "Facts matter", McConnell said.
Schumer says that if McConnell truly believed the allegations were a partisan attack, he would join Democrats in calling for a background investigation.
The sharp exchanges on the Senate floor came one day after Kavanaugh appeared on USA cable television - an unprecedented move for a Supreme Court nominee - to refute all allegations of sexual misconduct.
Once the committee votes on the nomination, it goes to the majority leader - Sen. Besides, Christine Blasey Ford is "never gonna show up", Rush predicted.
"She said, "Well it might not be him" and "There were gaps" and she was totally inebriated and all messed up and she doesn't know it was him but it might've been him", Trump said before adding sarcastically, "Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that?" Both accusers have acknowledged memory lapses which could weaken their claims. That could set up a vote in the full Senate early next week.
Ford also wrote that she has hired security and has spent a "considerable time managing death threats".
"This is America we're talking about". She adds, "This is a country where you're innocent until proven guilty except when you're a conservative Republican".
Kavanaugh and his Republican allies have framed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have opposed his nomination from the beginning. Trump said the Senate must confirm Kavanaugh to protect the integrity of judicial nominations.
"The second accuser has nothing".
That argument was echoed by White House officials attempting to poke holes in the report. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone".