Kavanaugh is set to testify Thursday at a hearing with Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexual assault. Kavanaugh denies the accusation. "I know my lifelong record, and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process", Kavanaugh maintains.
Democrats again called for the FBI to investigate Ford's claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it's unnecessary. So far, no Republican senators have said they would vote against him. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination-if allowed to succeed-will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.
In the event that Kavanaugh's nomination does not go through, Trump might in turn nominate one of these judges, who were chosen from a list of 25 judges selected by the conservative Federalist Society. Cotton is not on the Judiciary panel.
Top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Monday appeared to brush off the severity of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because they allegedly occurred when he wasn't "powerful".
The New Yorker said it contacted Ms Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Mr Kavanaugh.
Ford and Kavanaugh have agreed to testify, although Sen.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Her phrase echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 depiction of infidelity allegations against her husband, President Bill Clinton, as a "vast right-wing conspiracy". "And so it is pretty rich to hear McConnell say, 'This is the schedule, and we are going to stick to it'".
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". They were both present at a party in a dorm room their freshman year, Ramirez told The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.
The second claim against Mr Kavanaugh dates to the 1983-84 academic year, which was his first at Yale University.
Some conservatives have questioned whether Ford actually recalls the assault as she's described it, some alleging that, maybe she was assaulted, but that it wasn't Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh wrote in the letter that the allegations against him are "smears, pure and simple".
He confirmed he was not representing Ms Ramirez. Brian Fallon, the executive director group Demand Justice, which was formed in part to oppose Trump's Supreme Court nominee, said Kavanaugh should remove his name from consideration. "For the good of the court and the good of the country, Judge Kavanaugh must withdraw his nomination".
"The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh".
"This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanagh".
Asked Monday if this was because Graham knew The New Yorker story was coming, spokesman Kevin Bishop said no and that Graham learned about the new allegations on Sunday along with everyone else. "They have been more than fair to Professor Ford, and if they continue to capitulate to her lawyers, it will cost them in the November elections".
The New Yorker on Sunday published an accusation from a second woman, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself and forced her to touch his genitals while both were at Yale.
Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet's spokesperson, Shannon Beckham, told CNN that staff for a Democrat on the Judiciary Committee reached out to Bennet's office, "and asked for a connection to someone who might be helpful should Deborah Ramirez decide to come forward with an allegation related to that made by Dr. Ford".
With one notable exception late last week, Trump has heeded instructions from his advisers and Republican senators to hold his fire, lest he provoke a calamitous backlash.
US President Donald Trump says sexual misconduct claims against his Supreme Court nominee are "totally political", as a second woman came forward.
Brett Kavanaugh's accusers have claimed he sexually assaulted them.
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