Kavanaugh, in Rare Interview, Denies Sex-Assault Allegations, Says He Won’t Withdraw

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Many wore black "Be A Hero" shirts and chanted slogans including "We will not be silenced". Jeff Flake, a Republican on the committee, has expressed concerns over the sexual assault allegations.

Kavanaugh's nomination hangs precariously.

One of the protesters on hand was Marie Follayttar. Follayttar was not among those arrested. She is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on September 27.

Kavanaugh has denied her accusation. "I know my lifelong record, and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process", Kavanaugh maintains.

Hatch and Lindsey Graham of SC, both senior GOP Judiciary panel members, said in separate statements Monday that the hearing with Ford should go ahead Thursday as planned, and then the committee should vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), another Judiciary Committee member, told reporters he believed that Democrats are "just taking shots in the dark" with the latest allegation against Kavanaugh, adding that he is "prepared to move forward with the vote" on the nomination barring any new incriminating information that may arise at Thursday's hearing with Blasey.

Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drinking game in their freshman year at Yale. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination-if allowed to succeed-will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service. Graham said he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this". Cotton is not on the Judiciary panel.

US President Donald Trump has chose to stand behind his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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". Ford has said Kavanaugh tried removing her clothes and covered her mouth to prevent screams after he pinned her on a bed during a high school party.

The claim comes on the heels of weeks of controversy surrounding a claim from another woman, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, that Kavanaugh assualted her in high school.

The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after almost a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview on Monday that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life.

She said on CBS "This Morning" that the allegations against Kavanaugh, now by a second woman, sound like a "vast left-wing conspiracy". "We need to make sure our ducks are in a row and adequate security precautions are in place", Avenatti said in an interview.

"Yet again, Senate Democrats actively withheld information from the rest of the Committee only to drop information at politically opportune moments", Grassley said in a statement. No witnesses have come forward to corroborate either the incident detailed by Ms. Blasey Ford or that alleged by Ms. Ramirez. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens decades ago. Avenatti, who has said he's considering running for president as a Democrat, said his client isn't Ramirez.

Speaking at the United Nations in NY on Monday, Mr Trump said Brett Kavanaugh is "outstanding", adding: "I am with him all the way".

Trump is suggesting the timing of the New Yorker article is further evidence of what he has been saying privately for days: that the Democrats and media are conspiring to undermine his pick.

A White House official said President Donald Trump stands 100% behind Kavanaugh.

On Kavanaugh, Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".

One Democratic aide on the committee said senators have heard many rumors but did not have details about Ramirez's specific allegation before the story was published.

Trump has made clear he won't order an FBI investigation of the allegations.

Denouncing his accusers for launching "smears, pure and simple", Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he'll continue fighting for Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, even as Republicans battled to prevent a second woman's assertion of a long-ago sexual assault from derailing his nomination.

In the September 22 letter, obtained by CNN, Ford said her decision to first report the alleged assault to her congresswoman, California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, "was a very hard one, but I felt that this was something that a citizen couldn't NOT do".

For Trump, getting the conservative Kavanaugh into the lifetime appointment would cement his mission to shift the court to the right for years to come. Kavanaugh denies the claim.

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