Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new misconduct claim - USA

Trump sarcastically said, "Oh, gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that" in dismissing the notion the allegations should derail Kavanaugh's appointment.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday "we would be open" to having Ramirez testify before the same Judiciary Committee hearing at which Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to appear Thursday.

Mr Kavanaugh denied he was "at any such party". "I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone".

Mr Kavanaugh said Dr Ford's friend does not remember being at a party with him, nor has anyone corroborated the accuser's story.

Tuesday - If everything goes according to plan, then Republicans could have a final vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination by next Tuesday - if they have a majority.

She says President Donald Trump "has said a number of times these individuals should be heard".

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

"I remember a penis being in front of my face", said Ramirez, who said that she had been drinking. "I'm not going anywhere".

"I also was not present and therefore am not in a position to directly dispute Ramirez's account", Ewing said, though The New Yorker reported that he emphasized that the allegation was "out of character" for Kavanaugh.

Ramirez was also represented by former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, but Garnett said in an email he will be transitioning off the case as Clune and Washington, D.C. attorney William Pittard take over.

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US Capitol Police prepare to arrest demonstrators as they protest against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice outside of the office of US Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 24, 2018.

To be confirmed, Kavanaugh will need the approval of 50 senators.

Trump gave this assessment of Kavanaugh's Fox News interview: "He was so truthful". I asked to testify before the Committee again under oath as soon as possible, so that both Dr. Ford and I could both be heard. At the same time, she noted that Kavanaugh has been "unequivocal in his denial" of sexual assault allegations.

Kavanaugh's march toward Senate confirmation has been rocked by allegations of decades-old sexual improprieties from two women.

In addition to denying allegations of misconduct, Kavanaugh defended his reputation as a man who respects women.

The vote for his confirmation has been postponed by Democrats, who demand an investigation into the allegations.

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Any new nominee to the Supreme Court will likely not be confirmed in time for the November 6 USA midterm elections.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would firm up conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

Dr Ford said she is absolutely certain Mr Kavanaugh was her attacker. "This is a smear, plain and simple".

"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters following a speech at the United Nations. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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