Kavanaugh Denies Fresh Harassment Allegations From College Classmate

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gestures over his notes as he testifies on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing Thursday Sept. 6 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington to replace retire

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gestures over his notes as he testifies on the third day of his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing Thursday Sept. 6 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington to replace retire

The New Yorker magazine reported on Sunday evening that a 53-year-old woman, Deborah Ramirez, who attended university with Kavanaugh, has alleged that the judge appeared to have thrust his genitals in her face at a drunken party during their freshman year in 1983-4 academic calendar.

Kavanaugh already faced sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh and a friend, both of whom she says were drunk, forced her into a room during a high school party in suburban Maryland. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Kavanaugh has denied the new charge and called it "a smear, plain and simple".

Senate Democrats are reportedly investigating the allegations from Ramirez, and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, has called for Kavanaugh's nomination to be delayed.

Michael Avenatti, a United States lawyer known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her cases against President Trump, has alleged on Twitter that he is representing a third woman with "credible information" regarding Judge Kavanaugh and the alleged witness to Prof Ford's assault, Mark Judge.

Activists also staged a massive walkout and protest in the Russell Senate Office Building.

A GOP Judiciary Committee investigator contacted Keyser last Tuesday, saying Keyser had been "identified" as attending that party and wanted to talk to her. Committee spokesman Taylor Foy said Keyser's name "came up" in its investigation.

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"But the way my Democratic colleagues have approached these allegations makes clear that the driving objective here is not truth, but politics", Sen. When asked about that Monday, Conway said that "it's been put on hold for weeks now" because Feinstein waited until late in the process to raise Ford's allegations, despite previously being aware of them. What's at stake here is a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

The president showed no initial sign of wanting to walk away from Kavanaugh and expressed frustration that the confirmation process has not moved more quickly.

The judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people who Ms Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party where the alleged assault took place - Mark Judge, Patrick J Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser.

"I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there", she said.

It is quite unusual for a pending nominee for a position requiring Senate confirmation to agree to a TV interview, but that is what Kavanaugh did Monday, joined by his wife.

Mormon Women for Ethical Government, which is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said the allegations are serious and the Senate shouldn't rush Kavanaugh's vote.

Mr Avenatti said he will disclose his client's identity in the coming days and that she is prepared to give evidence before the committee, as well as provide names of corroborating witnesses. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, California Sen. "The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh". "It's time to vote this week", Cotton added.

These questions must be asked in the context of broader concerns about an unsettling and unacceptable rush by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell to get Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court-without the proper consideration of a judicial nomination that senators are bound by the Constitution to check and balance.

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