Brett Kavanaugh denies allegations of sexual misconduct by second woman

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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Trump told reporters Monday after signing a new trade agreement with South Korea at the United Nations General Assembly in NY that "we hope he is going to be confirmed".

Joining the maelstrom, Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal fight with President Donald Trump, claimed to represent a woman with information about high school-era parties attended by Kavanaugh and urged the Senate to investigate.

"There's a chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate, but I am with Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said.

"And for people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mentioned it and all of a sudden it happens, in my opinion, it's totally political", Trump said.

The protests from coast to coast came as the GOP majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent., apparently refused to budge from their prior stand of giving Kavanaugh's first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, no more than a perfunctory "she-said he-said" hearing on September 27.

The panel has set a Thursday hearing with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who earlier accused him of sexual assault when they were teens.

Kavanaugh is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including a report Sunday by The New Yorker magazine that dates to Kavanaugh's time as an undergraduate at Yale University in the 1980s.

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Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that she'd been drinking at the time, was initially reluctant to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps", the magazine said. She said, "I would think an F.B.I. investigation would be warranted". "I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", Kavanaugh said. This is a smear, plain and simple. The newspaper reported that it had examined the calendars and noted that they list basketball games, movie outings, football workouts, college interviews and a few parties with names of friends other than those identified by Ford. Rather than bringing last night's allegations to the attention of committee investigators, they back-channeled them to the media and then denied any involvement.

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said the White House took the new allegations seriously and that Ramirez should contact the committee if she also wants to testify.

When I testified in front of the Senate three weeks ago, I explained my belief that fair process is foundational to justice and to our democracy.

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said in an interview on Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum", to air on Monday evening.

The New Yorker piece says Senate Democrats have been looking into the allegations. Taylor Foy, a Judiciary spokesman, complained that Democrats "actively withheld information" from the Republicans.

Ford agreed to testify Thursday after an increasingly ugly weeklong standoff that saw her forced to leave her California home as she faced death threats and the president openly attacked her credibility. He said they appear "more interested in a political takedown" than a bipartisan process. After Kavanaugh said yes, she asked how many years he remained a virgin after high school was over.

The New Yorker article was co-written by Ronan Farrow, whose reportage around disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was key in opening the floodgates of the #MeToo movement, along with another reporter Jane Mayer. "The article reports that Democratic staff were aware of these allegations, but they never informed Republican staff".

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