Trump Stands by Kavanaugh After Unsubstantiated Claim by Second Accuser

Angelo Anderson
September 25, 2018

As it turned out a woman named Renate Schroeder was a friend of Kavanaugh and his friends, but she denied they had made unwarranted advances at her, and in fact was among the 65 women friends who endorsed the judge for the supreme court.

The accusation is the second against the Supreme Court nominee, as a hearing between Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford is set for Thursday.

Kavanaugh's nomination was already in a perilous state ahead of a hearing planned for Thursday on an allegation by California professor Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her at a high school party three decades ago.

The committee has offered for Ford to share her testimony in public or private, or over the phone.

Trump said that was so "believable" to him.

"He is a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers", Trump said in comments broadcast on CNN. If elevated to the high court, the legitimacy of everything Judge Kavanaugh touches will be questioned.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key vote to watch as the Senate considers Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, told reporters on Tuesday that an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh "would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?"

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something - anything - that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring", Kavanaugh said in his statement. "Leader McConnell owes an apology to Dr. Ford for labeling her allegations a 'smear job.' And he should apologize to her immediately". Feinstein also demanded an FBI investigation of the claims, despite repeated explanations from Grassley that it is the Senate's constitutional duty to conduct the probe.

Ramirez was reluctant at first to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident", The New Yorker reported. "I don't think it was just 'Brett.' And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there".

"This is America we're talking about".

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh appeared to get emotional at the end of the interview.

Kavanaugh, he alleged in one tweet, must also be asked about an entry in his yearbook that referred to "FFFFFFFourth of July", where he claimed the 6 Fs stands for "Find them, French them, Feel them, F****r them, F**k them, Forget them".

Any new nominee to the Supreme Court will likely not be confirmed in time for the November 6 US midterm elections.

Kavanaugh said while he doesn't deny that Ford was sexually assaulted by someone in her past, it was not him.

In a piece by Ronan Farrow published on Sunday by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez, 53, claimed that during the 1983-1984 school year, she attended a dormitory party that was also attended by Kavanaugh, a freshman at the time.

Mr Trump has a second opportunity to shape the Supreme Court with his nomination of Mr Kavanaugh to replace the departing Anthony Kennedy.

"The American people know that sexual misconduct is gravely serious".

On the Senate floor, McConnell tried undermining Kavanaugh's two accusers' stories. "I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building - against these last-minute allegations".

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