Senate panel chair says Thursday's hearing to continue



Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh made a historic appearance on national television Monday night to take on accusations of sexual assault.

Ford and Kavanaugh are due to testify before the panel on Thursday ahead of a vote scheduled in the committee on Friday vote on his nomination. That could set up a vote in the full Senate early next week.

"It's a very unsafe game for our country", Trump said Tuesday, adding that a Deborah Ramirez, a second woman who came forward with a complaint about Kavanaugh while he was at Yale University, had "nothing" and saying she was "messed up" and "drunk" at the time of the alleged incident. Typically, senators do the questioning themselves. Yet the undeclared bloc of Democratic senators could be a problem for Democratic leaders, who want to put the weight of the nomination entirely on a handful of holdout Republicans.

Senate Democrats are also investigating a second allegation of sexual misconduct by a woman who was classmates with Kavanaugh at Yale.

The charge has already delayed what was once though certain approval of his nomination, which is crucial to Republican hopes to turn the court sharply to the right for years to come, with huge implications for law on abortion rights and affirmative action programs. That's because Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh's accusers, might be there.

Murkowski appeared to hint at daylight with the leadership of her party Tuesday, suggesting that Ramirez, whose allegations broke in a story in The New Yorker over the weekend, should be brought into the congressional process. Kavanaugh immediately denied the allegation.

Avenatti is best known as the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected president. "The second accuser thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not".

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced comedian Bill Cosby to 3 to 10 years in prison for aggravated indecent assault, labeling him a "sexually violent predator".

On Tuesday, Mr Trump called the new report "a con game being played by the Democrats".

Kavanaugh's name came up again while Trump was in the process of selecting his nominee for the first Supreme Court seat, Ford's husband wrote.

Kavanaugh said it's possible he may have met Ford at some time, but he said they were not friends and did not travel in the same social circles.

After an exhaustive study, analysts have declared that TV news is "rigged" against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Some in the White House expressed relief that Kavanaugh, 53, presented a positive image to counter the allegations.

"The jury is still out in the court of public opinion about whether Judge Kavanaugh or Dr. Ford is more believable", said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll.

A handful of undeclared GOP moderates leave Kavanaugh's fate uncertain because the party runs the Senate with just a 51-49 advantage. And no one has identified Kavanaugh as having been at the party.

Ford's reply: "Brett Kavanaugh".

Kavanaugh said Monday, "I never did any such thing". Russell Ford said his wife shared her story during a couples therapy session in 2012. Her lawyer is objecting to Republican plans for the use of an outside counsel to ask questions.

A hearing will be held Thursday in which Kavanaugh will defend accusations from Christine Ford, a university professor, that he had forced himself on her in a party during their high school years in the 1980s.

But this does mark a shift from Anita Hill's 1991 allegation of sexual misconduct against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Senators will be keenly aware of the impact the potentially explosive hearing on Thursday could have on voters, particularly women, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

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