Trump Reaffirms Support for Kavanaugh After Second Accusation

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now faces allegations of sexual misconduct from a second woman, who claims he exposed himself to her at a Yale party in a new report from the New Yorker magazine.

The chief judge of the D.C. Circuit is Merrick Garland, the man whom President Barack Obama nominated to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and whom Republicans blocked from ever receiving a hearing or a vote.

MARTIN: When did you learn about this allegation that Deborah Ramirez is making?

Mr Kavanaugh and his first accuser, university professor Christine Blasey Ford, are due to testify to the Senate judiciary committee on Thursday.

The allegations in the New Yorker came only minutes before Grassley, released the original letter from Christine Blasey Ford detailing her allegations against Kavanaugh. She said she hadn't spoken with Ramirez for about ten years, but that the two women had been close all through college, and Kavanaugh had remained part of what she called their "larger social circle".

On Saturday, Dr Ford agreed to appear before the Senate judiciary committee overseeing his nomination.

Democratic senators are expected to ask their own questions.

"I just don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #metoo movement", she said, using the popular name for the wave of women who have shared stories of being victims of sexual assault and misconduct, particularly in the workplace.

Democrats again called for the FBI to investigate Ford's claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it's unnecessary. "It is being replaced by a game of delay, deception and wholesale character assassination".

President Donald Trump on Monday described the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh as "totally political" and said he stood by his Supreme Court nominee. And Republicans are now on the hunt for a woman, any woman, to do the attack job on Ford for them, so they don't have to face the "optics" of attacking a potential survivor of sexual assault. So far, no Republican senators have said they would vote against Kavanaugh.

When the New Yorker first contacted Ramirez, she said she could not say if it was Kavanaugh who exposed himself.

Kavanaugh has denied the new charge and called it "a smear, plain and simple".

Kavanaugh denied all claims, saying in a statement that he looks forward to testifying before the Senate on Thursday and "defending my good name-and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building". The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. She was "reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty", according to The New Yorker.

A person working on Kavanaugh's confirmation confirmed the Times account to The Associated Press. The Supreme Court nominee has denied both claims. And they're allegations that are over 30 years old.

Women's March, a group that grew out of a January 2017 demonstration against Trump, was one of the organizers of the protests.

On Monday, Trump decried the allegations.

Kavanaugh said in a statement, "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. It is totally political". She called them a "vast right-wing conspiracy". Separately, Michael Avenatti, who is representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump, tweeted that he has a new female client who has information about Kavanaugh's behavior at high school parties and wants to testify as well.

U.S. President Donald Trump hosts the "Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem" event at the United Nations in NY, U.S., September 24, 2018.

  • Marlene Weaver