Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee hits out at 'character assassination'

AFP  File | Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his confirmation hearing to be a US Supreme Court justice

Senators are being told to keep their schedules open. "I think it's disgusting that they have exploited these individuals", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday. I will listen closely to what Professor Ford has to say, and I will ask questions where I deem it appropriate.

The attorney's name has not been released. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told HuffPost.

Ford's lawyers have objected to Republicans hiring someone they call an "experienced sex crimes prosecutor".

"It's starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy", said Kellyanne Conway.

All the Republicans on the panel are men. In that case, Republicans could try to confirm a nominee during a "lame-duck" Senate session in the fall.

Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected president, said on Twitter that he represents a woman "with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh".

In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America", host George Stephanopoulos asked if the president would want Ramirez to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee at Thursday's hearing.

In the 1990s, he led an investigation into the suicide of Bill Clinton aide Vince Foster, who was linked to the Whitewater controversy that began as a probe into the presidential couple's real estate investments.

The second claim against Kavanaugh dates to the 1983-84 academic year, which was his first at Yale University. Delaying Kavanaugh's confirmation could allow time for doubts about him to take root or any fresh accusations to emerge.

However, on Sunday The New Yorker magazine published a report of a second allegation in which Deborah Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a 1980s college party at Yale University, forcing her to touch his genitals. Even then, I knew the first line of the column I would write if that happened: "It's now clear that Brett Kavanaugh's nomination can not go forward".

"I never had any sexual or physical activity with Dr Ford", Kavanaugh said, adding, "What I know is the truth".

"The Democrats are playing a con game".

"I had never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever", Kavanaugh said Monday during a televised Fox News interview.

The Kavanaugh confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

As one of the more moderate senators, Murkowski - along with Maine Sen.

After all, this is the same brand of comedy that brought us Kathy Griffin and her oh-how-humorous bloody Donald Trump head.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key vote to watch as the Senate considers Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, told reporters on Tuesday that an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh "would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?" "I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", he said.

The White House distributed talking points for its supporters in an attempt to discredit the New Yorker story, saying that Democrats had embraced a "new standard of guilty until proven innocent".

It's unclear whether these protests will have any effect on the Senate Republicans, who seem dead set on holding a vote, regardless of the mounting accusations against Kavanaugh.

The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owes Christine Blasey Ford an apology for calling her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a smear job.

A second classmate said that after the party, he overheard a female student speaking about an incident at a party involving a fake penis and a male student exposing himself, though the classmate was not certain about the identity of the female student.

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