Senate Judiciary Committee Reschedules Kavanaugh Vote for Friday Morning

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch

Utah Senator Orrin Hatch

On Sunday, The New Yorker published Ramirez's story, which took place at Yale during 1983-84. I'm confident we're going to win, confident that he'll be confirmed in the very near future. But the claims have raised doubts about his confirmation and have also drawn comparisons to the sexual harassment controversy surrounding then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991.

Her claim follows that of Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh attempted to sexual assault her at high school party 36 years ago.

The White House says it would welcome Senate testimony from Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, who says he exposed himself to her at a Yale University party in the 1980s.

With increasing intensity, Republicans have attacked the credibility of Ford's and now Ramirez' accounts.

Those elections could shift the balance of power in Congress as Democrats seek to regain control from conservatives.

Fox News journalist Martha MacCallum's sit-down interview with Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, was the most-watched show on cable news last night, averaging 3.559 million total viewers.

He called the allegations "grotesque and obvious character assassination" and says they could dissuade others from entering public service. "I don't think anything's tipped". The issue, as always, really comes down to a few swing votes who could make or break the nomination: Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Jeff Flake; and Democrats such as Joe Manchin and Joe Donnelly. All 11 Republicans on the committee are men, while four of the 10 Democrats are women. Asked whether he thought Ford's claims were also fabricated, Hatch said, "I think she's honest, at least I hope so".

Kavanaugh denied he had any sexual contact with either Ramirez or Blasey Ford. "The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaign", he said.

Senate Democrats plan to ask their own questions of Kavanaugh and Ford, and the Democratic members of the committee met midday Tuesday to strategize about the hearing.

Bromwich also requested the identity and resume of the outside counsel who has been hired, and asked to meet with her Tuesday.

The New Yorker said Ramirez had hesitated to speak publicly, partly because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged episode and there were "gaps" in her memory. And it might have been him.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, now a federal appeals court judge in Washington DC, flatly denies the accusations.

In a statement provided by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple".

Yet GOP senators acknowledge the hearing Thursday with Kavanaugh and Ford is a do-or-die moment. He said he had a positive individual meeting with Kavanaugh before the confirmation hearings.

"I will be glued to the television", said Sen.

"What's wrong with them?" she added.

On Thursday, Judge Kavanaugh and another accuser from his high school years testify before a US Senate panel. He insisted that he's not withdrawing his nomination and said, "I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity".

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