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Trump says Dems using ‘con game’ to sink Kavanaugh court bid

Trump says Dems using ‘con game’ to sink Kavanaugh court bid

The judge, an ultra-conservative who was on the verge of being confirmed to the nation's highest court when the sexual assault allegations burst into the open a week ago, used the opportunity on Fox News to insist repeatedly that he was telling the truth.

Flake, who is retiring from the Senate in early January, was among the handful of Republicans who first said the committee should delay a vote until hearing from Ford. He's also denied new accusations by Ramirez who says he exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale.

The Democrats are asking for an FBI investigation into the incident, which so far has been stonewalled by the Republicans and President Trump.

Later, she spent years working for an organisation that supports the victims of domestic violence, it added. All of the witnesses identified by Dr. Ford as being present at the party she describes are on the record to the Committee saying they have no recollection of any such party happening.

Trump continued. "And now a new charge comes up and she said, well, it might not be him, and there were gaps, and she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up and she doesn't know it was him, but it might have been him?"

Tuesday - If everything goes according to plan, then Republicans could have a final vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination by next Tuesday - if they have a majority. "And we're doing it strictly to depoliticize the whole operation, to offer Dr. Ford the professional environment she asked for", Grassley said.

Kavanaugh: "The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise".

"I remember a penis being in front of my face", said Ramirez, who said that she had been drinking. I know his heart.

"The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out", Kavanaugh said Monday in a letter to the Judiciary Committee.

"Ms. Ramirez is ready to swear to the Federal Bureau of Investigation under penalty of perjury", he said.

Fox News reports that at least four Senate Republicans, and reportedly as many as seven, are now on the fence about confirming Kavanaugh.




The judiciary committee that needs to approve Kavanaugh's confirmation has a narrow 11-10 Republican majority, but Sen.

"I represented Ms. Ramirez through last Sunday and the interview with the New Yorker", Garnett said in an email.

Yet GOP senators acknowledge the hearing Thursday with Kavanaugh and Ford is a do-or-die moment.

It is rare for nominees to the Supreme Court to give interviews.

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands.

Trump reserved most of his ire for the Democrats, whom he accused of playing a "very risky game" and hurting Kavanaugh's family. Kavanaugh strongly denied that claim as a "smear".

"This shameful smear campaign has hit a new low", McConnell said, recalling that Democrats had promised to stop a generational rightward shift on the Supreme Court by "any means" available.

He also said that Kavanaugh's social circle "were capable of the actions" Ramirez described.

Trump asked: "This [accusation] is going to take one of the most talented, one of the greatest intellects from a judicial standpoint in our country, going to keep him off the United States Supreme Court?"

The Kavanaugh controversy is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy on the court left by retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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