Trump calls allegations against his court nominee a 'con game'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 25, 2018

US President Donald Trump has made a decision to stand behind his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"I'm not going anywhere", Kavanaugh told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum.

"I was never at any such party".

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. "For far too long, the safety and dignity of women was secondary to the needs of powerful men".

By the time the Judiciary Committee holds its hearing on Thursday, there could be a third Kavanaugh accuser.

"I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter", Kavanaugh said during a Fox News interview on Monday. Stephanopoulos put her on the spot; if Sanders had said "No, we'll listen to Ford but not Ramirez", he would have countered by asking why one alleged victim should be heard but another.

Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, told Martha MacCallum in an exclusive interview that they've faced death threats and the controversy has affected their children.

Ford is the only person from the alleged party that hasn't provided a statement to the committee. "If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus". "I mean you expect that kind of thing at Dartmouth, but Yale", Colbert said.

Ramirez accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of exposing himself to her during a drunken dormitory party at Yale. But other outlets like the New York Times refused to report it because her account could not be corroborated.

A registered Democrat, Ramirez denied that she was politically motivated to step forward now with her accusations.

Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's accusation and labeled it a "smear".

He also sought to present an image of himself as a strait-laced student devoted to his studies and sports, and declared he was a virgin for much of his youth, apparently as a strategy of defense.

If the White House failed to direct the FBI to reopen its investigation, Feinstein told Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the Judiciary Committee "must subpoena all relevant witnesses".

In the letter, Ford explains her motive for coming forward, and the timing of her allegations - which, being just ahead of the Senate vote on Kavanaugh, Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have called into question. Last year a small handful of Senate GOP rebels prevented their party from bringing down the white whale of Obamacare; this year, some of the same senators threaten to prevent the reshaping of the Supreme Court and the rescission of rights not recognized by conservatives, most notably the right to choose abortion. Her lawyer is objecting to Republican plans for the use of an outside counsel to ask questions.

On the Senate floor, McConnell tried undermining Kavanaugh's accusers' stories but also focused on the need to treat Kavanaugh fairly.

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something-anything-that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring".

He said it's troubling to see an eminently qualified candidate like Kavanaugh have his name dragged through the mud, and he suggested it could have negative consequences in the future.

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