Time's Up calls for walkout in solidarity for Ford vs. Kavanaugh

That's what the national activist group Time's Up is calling on women to do Monday in a moment of solidarity for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman to first accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct following his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I'm telling the truth", the judge said. I've known him for 17 years", she said, adding: "I know his heart.

Trump dismissed allegations that have surfaced against Kavanaugh as "a con game" by Democrats in remarks to reporters during a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez at the United Nations.

Ms Ford accuses Mr Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation - I don't know when it happened, I don't know where it happened and everybody named in regard to being there, said it didn't happen.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the high court.

"It's a shame you can do this to a person's life (and it) would be a terrible insult to our country if this (the appointment) doesn't happen". "The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party".

A week earlier California professor Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh tried to tear her clothes off in an assault during a party around 1982 when both were students at elite private high schools in Washington. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations of both women.

"She thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not", Trump told reporters in NY. "And all I am asking for is fairness and that I'd be heard in this process", Kavanaugh, 53, said. Kavanaugh deinied the latest allegation.

Brett Kavanaugh, left, looks at his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh as they answer questions during a FOX News interview, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.

Preparing for the hearing with Ford, Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Republicans had hired an "investigating counsel" to handle questioning.

Brett Kavanaugh says he won't let "false accusations" drive him from his quest to win Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court.

In the #MeToo era, when accounts by women of past sexual abuse have brought down a string of previously powerful men, Trump's defiant stand could not be more divisive, appalling many, but likely stirring his Republican base frustrated at what it sees as political correctness run amok.

Her allegation against the conservative federal appeals court judge has endangered his confirmation by the Republican-led Senate to a lifetime job on the top United States court.

Republicans face a narrow path to confirmation for Kavanaugh, which could be derailed by a few defections from their own party.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising a confirmation vote will come soon and the president is showing full public support.

"I just don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the MeToo movement", Conway said. Later, tweeting about the upcoming interview, he referred to the Kavanaughs as "an outstanding family who must be treated fairly!"

  • Marlene Weaver