Brett Kavanaugh fight is really about the midterm elections

Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new misconduct claim - USA - Chinadaily.com.cn

Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new misconduct claim - USA - Chinadaily.com.cn

"We have to listen to what she will say on the record, under oath, and what Judge Kavanaugh will say on the record, under oath".

In a Sunday report by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez claimed that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her during a dorm party while they were both students at Yale University.

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.

"His family has suffered", he said in NY while attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Kavanaugh's first accuser, California college professor Christine Blasey Ford, has said he assaulted her at a party decades ago when they were teenagers.

Roche (53), now living in Colorado, said that he was "not a political person" and has "no political agenda" but wanted to speak out at this time because he believes Ramirez "has a right to be heard" he added "I believe her".

Donald Trump has also, however, also spoken out in increasingly defensive and combative terms in favor of Kavanaugh in recent days as the process descended into a ugly, partisan battle.

Just hours later, The New Yorker dropped a new bombshell, reporting that a second woman was accusing the Washington appeals court judge of sexual misconduct, while they were students at Yale University around 1983-84.

Previously Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh and another book had shut her in a room and tried to tear at her clothes. While Kavanaugh has denied Ford's account as "a completely false allegation", the claim has disrupted his confirmation process. "I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your trousers".

He has denied both accusations. A smear campaign, pure and simple.

McConnell also said the Senate had hired a woman lawyer to do the questioning of Kavanaugh and his accuser for Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee during Thursday's hearing.

"The second accuser doesn't even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not", Mr Trump said during a United Nations meeting on Tuesday. In order to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh's nomination must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican Party narrowly controls 51-49.

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was clearly leaning toward supporting Kavanaugh. If they do, it would likely spoil the chances of a hardline conservative judge - or any Trump-chosen nominee - to be confirmed in a full Senate vote and could potentially force Trump to choose a more moderate candidate. The panel's Democratic senators, four women and six men, were expected to question Ford and Kavanaugh but those details were still not final, Senator Dick Durbin said.

Here are early excerpts from the prerecorded interview, as provided by Fox News.

Murkowski isn't the only prominent Republican who has expressed reservations about Kavanaugh or his confirmation process.

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