Time’s Up Calls for Brett Kavanaugh to Withdraw Supreme Court Nomination

Lula Sharp
Сентября 25, 2018

Despite Feinstein's plea and the new allegation, Republicans still seem to be in a rush to confirm Kavanaugh. Let's not make him a Supreme Court judge over that.

Online, women shared their messages of solidarity to Ford, Ramirez and the thousands who have been sexually assaulted in their lives.

Ramirez accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of exposing himself to her during a drunken dormitory party at Yale. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens decades ago. One thing the Senate GOP's been adamant about with respect to the Ford hearing is limiting the number of witnesses invited to testify - just Ford and Kavanaugh, with no subpoena for the only person alleged to have witnessed the incident in that case, Mark Judge.

He has denied both accusations.

A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.

In a statement, two of the male classmates Ramirez claimed were involved, the wife of a third male student she said was involved and three other classmates disputed Ramirez's allegation.

Ford's agreement to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came a week after she went public in an interview in the Washington Post with her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. Republican leaders and Trump have rejected Democratic demands for the FBI to investigate the allegations.

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It is now conceivable that Kavanaugh may not be confirmed, which could happen in multiple ways.

This commitment was made in the midst of a fiery speech in which the normally laconic Kentuckian echoed the outraged rhetoric of conservatives deploring the "shameful smear campaign" against Kavanaugh.

"I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and I know I'm telling the truth I know my lifelong record and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process", Kavanaugh added.

"It may not be him and she said she was inebriated and all messed up and she doesn't know it was him, but it might have been him". Kavanaugh continues to deny the claims as he and the first accuser, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, both prepare to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She accused him of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15. The president has said that Republicans are too easily manipulated by Democrats, that he is sick of Ford's attorneys getting their way and that he does not believe her accusations are credible, according to a Republican briefed on Trump's private comments.

Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions". Everyone deserves better than this - everyone - not just Judge Kavanaugh, everyone.

Kavanaugh was questioned by committee staff last week.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, meaning Kavanaugh's confirmation prospects may hinge on the votes of a handful of moderate Republican senators who have not yet announced their intentions, These include Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.

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