Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Murkowski wants Senate panel to hear from second Kavanaugh accuser

Murkowski wants Senate panel to hear from second Kavanaugh accuser

"The second accuser has nothing". A number of others described Ramirez's character and truthfulness; Kavanaugh's college roommate said that he was "frequently, incoherently drunk" and her story believable. "She admits that there are time lapses". He has denied all allegations.

President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a divided Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge "a con game being played by the Democrats".

Grassley, however, said that scheduling the vote was not a guarantee that it would actually take place on Friday. That could set up a vote in the full Senate early next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also came out in Kavanaugh's defense.

He said: "We're going to be moving forward".

"I go into the hearings with very positive feelings about him, and I hope Thursday goes well", Corker told reporters.

"I think we'll all be here all weekend", said Sen.

The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee has hired a female lawyer, who is an "expert sex crimes prosecutor", to question Dr Blasey Ford on Thursday.

Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a Maryland house party when they were in high school.

Unlike a previous staff interview, Democratic aides listened in on the Tuesday afternoon call, another person briefed on the conversation said.

Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stephanie Clifford, who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected president, said on Twitter that he represents a woman "with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh".

In a break from convention, Mitchell will question Ford and Kavanaugh on behalf of the committee's Republican senators, 11 men.

Still, Democrats used the optics of the move to highlight their belief that Republicans weren't giving Christine Blasey Ford a fair hearing and intend to push the process ahead regardless. "The whole point is to create an environment where it's what Dr. Ford has asked for, to be professional and to not be a circus". GOP senators promised fairness to Ford, who Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and top staffers.

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Michael Bromwich, McCabe's lawyer, did not deny the description of the memos, but he said McCabe didn't leak the documents. The Times also said Rosenstein raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump as unfit for office.

Some opponents also accuse Republican lawmakers of treating Ford poorly at a time when victims of sex crimes are speaking out across the country.

"It's up to them", Sen.

Hatch, a strong Kavanaugh backer, told reporters he expects the committee to vote on confirmation by the end of the week. "It's certainly their right to do that, and we'll see how it goes". Marin wrote in her op-ed that she didn't even mention the abuse to FBI investigators as a part of her background check to be confirmed in 2001.

While a few Republicans have strongly challenged the credibility of Kavanaugh's accusers, Trump's words have been more biting.

"Does that sound like someone who's treating these allegations with respect and fairness and evenhandedness?" "The blame falls on the perpetrator who took advantage of you". Certainly not to me.

FAGEN: She has a therapist who has notes that do not - are not consistent with what Dr. Ford has said. Kavanaugh has denied being at the party. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said should be treated "the same way my daughters would be treated in the event they were making an accusation, or my mother or my wife".

Ramirez told The New Yorker that she was initially hesitant to speak out because she had been drinking at the time and there were gaps in her memory. They were both freshman at the New Haven, Connecticut, university during the 1983-84 academic year.

"Even by the far left's standards, this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low", Sen. But he said they were not friends and did not have similar friend groups. I am grateful to them.

The Judiciary Committee's rules require three days' advance notice of any business meeting, so Grassley has issued that notice today if a majority of the committee is prepared to vote after Thursday's hearing. Kavanaugh he didn't have "anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

"Tor people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago, and never mentioned it, all of a sudden it happens, in my opinion it's totally political", he said.

Dozens of people protesting Kavanaugh were arrested outside Collins' Capitol Hill office.

Two women have accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior.

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