Judge Brett Kavanugh’s alleged sexual assault accuser has until Friday to testify

Attorney for Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford: ‘Rush to a Hearing Is Unnecessary’

Attorney for Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford: ‘Rush to a Hearing Is Unnecessary’

The New Yorker magazine reported late Sunday that two US senators are investigating a woman's charge that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a Yale University dormitory party during the 1983-1984 academic year.

"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens - in my opinion, it's totally political".

President Donald Trump on Monday said he is still with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "all the way" as the judge faces a barrage of sexual misconduct allegations.

Caitlin Ochs/ReutersPresident Donald Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh despite multiple allegations of sexual assault. "This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say".

He denounces the allegations as "smears, pure and simple", telling Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein that "such grotesque and obvious character assassination--if allowed to succeed--will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service".

The new accusation landed late Sunday in a report from The New Yorker, just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. Since she went public with her claim earlier this month, Ford has been accused of lying and has received death threats.

Mr. Kavanaugh, also due to testify at the Judiciary Committee hearing, has denied the accusations by Ford and Ramirez. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has told Ford's attorneys that the panel was giving the California psychology professor until 10 a.m. Friday to submit a biography and a prepared statement "if she intends to testify". But even if Kavanaugh doesn't get confirmed to the nation's top court, he will remain a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, an incredibly powerful body that's just a step below the Supreme Court.

Exact details of Thursday's scheduled hearing before the Judiciary Committee are still being worked out. If she and another Republican oppose Kavanaugh, his nomination could fail.

Mr. Trump made clear on Monday he considered the allegations politically motivated.

The FBI investigated a sexual harassment claim against a Supreme Court nominee in 1991 at the behest of the White House, finishing that inquiry in three days.

Ford was motivated to write the letter to Feinstein after first meeting with Rep. Anna Eshoo, who told Feinstein about the allegations, the Associated Press reported, based on a dozen interviews with senators, aides and others.

Ramirez admitted that there were gaps in her memory given the fact that she was intoxicated at the time, but still expressed confidence that it was indeed Kavanaugh who exposed himself to her.

"Dr. Ford said I want to put this letter in the record, but I don't want my identity disclosed".

A White House spokeswoman says the administration stands by the nominee, labelling the allegation "the latest in coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down". She added that the second woman, who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, is welcome to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "What exactly is the standard for ruining one man's life based on decades of allegations that have nothing to do with him?"

But the White House would have to ask for it.

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