"I'm just being honest: Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this". Some Republicans on Capitol Hill said they were shellshocked even as they blamed Democrats for what they described as a political takedown based on scurrilous allegations.
Kavanaugh will address the two allegations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him, as well as his upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday "and the effect these claims have had on his family", per the network's statement.
Deborah Ramirez, 53, "she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away".
Trump, at the United Nations for his second General Assembly meeting, called the allegations unfair and unsubstantiated, made by accusers who come "out of the woodwork".
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec also released a statement to Fox News defending Kavanaugh. Ford had written a letter to a California lawmaker about the claim months ago that was passed to Feinstein, but had requested anonymity, and Feinstein said she was trying to honor that.More news: Will Michael Kors make Versace cheaper?
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Earlier this evening The New Yorker published a story written by Ronan Farrow and Jane Meyer proving that theory correct.
That reflected a growing sentiment in the West Wing: that delays in the process have allowed more time to produce additional politically motivated decades-old allegations meant to sully Kavanaugh's reputation, the official said.
'The fact that she took several days to carefully think about whether she wanted to cast herself into this storm is acknowledgment that there were gaps in her memory, which is often the case with experiences that involve alcohol, and this is not a woman that is behaving in a way that would suggests she has a agenda, or making something up, ' he said.
When the New Yorker first contacted Ramirez, she said she could not say if it was Kavanaugh who exposed himself.
A person working on Kavanaugh's confirmation backed up the Times account of the calendars to the AP. That's according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the office was not authorized to speak publicly. "Which means, if that's the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again".
By submitting their respective statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee, all three witnesses did so under penalty of imprisonment, and all three have zero recollection of the house party in question. A breakthrough came over the weekend as Ford agreed to testify. "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", Kavanaugh said. The 11 senators on the GOP side of the dais are all men, creating risky optics for a hearing that will be carried on live television. They have protested the panel's treatment of Ford, comparing it to bullying.