Trump attacks second Kavanaugh accuser

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Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, is willing to testify if the FBI investigates her allegation, her lawyer said Tuesday night.

US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4.

President Trump referred to Deborah Ramirez, a Colorado woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party when they were freshmen at Yale University, saying, "The second accuser has nothing.".

"The second accuser has nothing".

"He admits that he drank and did some things that he looks back on and says are embarrassing and make you cringe".

Murkowski summarized her view of the situation in an interview with the New York Times on Monday night.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of covering her mouth and trying to remove her clothing at a party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school.

In what amounted to a dry run for his grilling by the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh took the extraordinary step of conducting an interview with Fox News Channel that aired Monday night. Kavanaugh denied he had any sexual contact with either Ramirez or Blasey Ford.

The similar wording and arguments that Republicans used suggested a concerted effort to undermine the women's claims and portray an image of unity among GOP senators while pressing toward a confirmation vote.

Senator Susan Collins of ME. said she thinks the second accuser should be questioned by the Senate under oath....

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday "we would be open" to having Ramirez testify before the same Judiciary Committee hearing at which Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to appear Thursday.

GOP leaders set a Senate Judiciary Committee vote for Friday and hoped to confirm Kavanaugh early next week.

This is something I must say. That's because Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh's accusers, might be there.

Kavanaugh was asked if there was any chance Ford misunderstood an exchange between them.

Mr. Schumer said Democratic senators will ask their own questions. He said to "take a look at the lawyers" who "are the same lawyers who have been fighting for years" and anxious that no one will want to go before "this system" to be a judge or politician in the current environment.

Wilkinson said Wednesday: "If this is going to be the standard for how we judge somebody going into public service, I don't know why anyone in their right mind would want to go through something like this". The judge has categorically denied that allegation as well.

Senate Republicans are bringing in a veteran Arizona prosecutor to handle questioning about the allegations. And there remained concern among aides and Trump himself about how Kavanaugh would hold up facing far fiercer questioning from Senate Democrats, according to a White House official not authorized to speak publicly.

Kavanaugh was a "notably heavy drinker" in school who "became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk", Roche said.

So will his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who said he sexually assaulted her in high school.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that nearly 6-in-10 Americans (58 percent) say they will be following the proceeding closely or very closely and a plurality haven't made up their minds on who's telling the truth - about a third (32 percent) believe Ford, about a quarter (26 percent) believe Kavanaugh and 42 percent are unsure who to believe.

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