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Court Nominee Kavanaugh Is Victim of `MeToo' Fervor, Conway Says

25 Septembre 2018

Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation - I don't know when it happened, I don't know where it happened and everybody named in regard to being there, said it didn't happen.

He called the allegations "grotesque and obvious character assassination" and says they could dissuade others from entering public service. Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, appeared alongside him in the interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum. "The network released excerpts in advance".

Professor Ford has said Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Of the social event at which Ford alleges his attack on her took place, Kavanaugh said: "I was never at any such party".

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham says the furor surrounding sexual harassment claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is a "total collapse of the traditional confirmation process".

"The Republicans need to stop aiding and abetting Chuck Schumer's extreme delay strategy", said Penny Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America, a conservative group, referring to the top Senate Democrat.

On Sunday, The New Yorker dropped a bombshell story with an additional allegation against Kavanaugh from Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as him.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., lashed out at Democrats, accusing them of throwing "all the mud they could manufacture" and decrying a "shameful smear campaign". A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Answering allegations that he may have had too much to drink on several occasions during his college years, he said: "I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit".

Ford said in a letter to Grassley she's willing to meet with senators one-on-one in addition to Thursday's testimony. The move is without parallel, as every Supreme Court nominee in recent memory has avoided media interviews during the Senate confirmation process. Lindsey Graham of SC, a member of the Judiciary Committee, had similar counsel.

"I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I'm telling the truth".

One woman said she took a train from Boston on Sunday night to join protests on the Hill.

Kavanaugh also told MacCallum he was a virgin in high school and for "many years" after, although that claim doesn't contradict either of the allegations against him.

A senior White House adviser meanwhile also suggested the allegations were political.

The White House said in a statement that it stands firmly behind him.

At the Russell Senate Office Building on Monday, scores of anti-Kavanaugh protesters - mostly women - wearing Yale and "Believe Women" shirts, gathered in the building's rotunda. "We believe survivors", it added. Members of the U.S. Capitol police arrested them one-by-one and led them away.

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political".

"My original intent was first and foremost to be a helpful citizen - in a confidential way that would minimize collateral damage to all families and friends involved", she wrote.

McConnell also reiterated that none of the allegations against Kavanaugh - including the claims published Sunday in The New Yorker and last week by The Washington Post - had any first-hand corroboration.

Mr Trump has a second opportunity to shape the Supreme Court with his nomination of Mr Kavanaugh to replace the departing Anthony Kennedy.

Court Nominee Kavanaugh Is Victim of `MeToo' Fervor, Conway Says