Published: Mon, September 24, 2018

Another woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Another woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

"We remain hopeful we'll hear sworn testimony from the 5th, Dr. Ford herself".

A top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is "a credible witness" who has been subject to death threats since coming forward with her allegation.

The newest allegation published Sunday night comes as another Kavanaugh accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is expected to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Tensions have been running on overdrive since Ford went public last week with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they in high school.

Kavanaugh also has agreed to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing planned for 10am (1400 GMT) on Thursday. For Kavanaugh to be confirmed, Republicans can only afford to lose the support of two GOP members, if all Democrats oppose the nomination.

In a statement, two of those male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved in the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates, Dino Ewing, Louisa Garry, and Dan Murphy, disputed Ramirez's account of events: "We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale".

"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said.

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man", said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec.

The White House released these statements tonight.

"As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee can not hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses", Mike Davis, Senator Grassley's top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ms Ford's lawyers obtained by the Associated Press.

The committee's investigation has been in the backdrop of a week filled with contentious negotiations between Ford, her attorneys and the committee leadership over whether she would testify.

The New Yorker's report says at least four Democratic senators have received details of the allegation. In addition, the New Yorker claims, some Republicans in the Senate were also informed about the new accusations.

Ford's credibility problem was highlighted Saturday when The Washington Post reported that she said Leland Keyser, a lifelong friend, was present at the party. Her family has been moved out of their home. In a statement provided to the committee, her lawyer said, "Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford".

While the denials may signal good news for Kavanaugh, who is in the midst of congressional hearings to find out if he will be appointed to the Supreme Court bench, Ford's lawyer has said she wouldn't expect Keyser to remember the incident.

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

'I thought he might inadvertently kill me, ' she told the Washington Post. "They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault". Grassley had granted Ford five deadline extensions before both parties agreed on a hearing. "The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh".

Ford will testify against Kavanaugh in an open hearing on Thursday, CNN reports.

What we've been waiting for: In gross but less than shocking news, a second sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh has surfaced.

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