Christine Blasey Ford: 'My fear will not hold me back from testifying'

Christine Blasey Ford: 'My fear will not hold me back from testifying'

Christine Blasey Ford: 'My fear will not hold me back from testifying'

The accusations of sexual misconduct lodged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are part of a "vast left-wing conspiracy" and are being fueled by women's " pent up" frustration, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said. The Judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people whom 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. He said he did not question that perhaps Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted, "but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone". I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years there after.

"I was focused on trying to be No. 1 in my class and being captain of the varsity basketball team and doing my service projects, going to church", said Kavanaugh, when MacCallum pressed him.

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.

McConnell also spoke on the Senate floor Monday afternoon to attack Democrats for bringing the accusations after Kavanaugh's hearings had already wrapped up.

Time's Up staged a nationwide walkout Monday, calling on its supporters to wear black and use the hashtag #BelieveWomen to express support for Blasey Ford and Ramirez. In the letter, Ford said she faced death threats and was relying on her lawyers and Grassley to "agree to conditions that will allow me to testify in a fair setting".

Hostin said she disliked that The New Yorker is seemingly the only entity investigating these claims - not the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr Trump, himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, twice offered words of support for Mr Kavanaugh while in NY to attend the UN General Assembly.

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Any new nominee to the Supreme Court will likely not be confirmed in time for the November 6 USA midterm elections. Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer, is representing the woman, who says Kavanaugh, Judge, and others purposely got women drunk at college parties to later assault them, with men taking turns one after the other to rape intoxicated women. He insisted he has a "lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old".

"In the face of multiple allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, the FBI should re-open the background check investigation, and we should conduct a hearing where the appropriate witnesses are called and respect given both to the accuser and the accused", said Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. Kavanaugh wrote in the letter that the allegations against him are "smears, pure and simple".

Dr Ford said she is absolutely certain Mr Kavanaugh was her attacker. It would only take a single Republican going against Kavanaugh for the nomination not to be confirmed.

In a letter to Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Feinstein called for the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing to be canceled in light of the new allegation against Kavanaugh. "I have faith in God, and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", he said. "It's clear that he believes he didn't do anything along the lines of these allegations", she said.

"And they debase our public discourse", Kavanaugh wrote.

"The committee's majority staff learned the allegations made by Deborah Ramirez about Judge Kavanaugh from this evening's New Yorker report", Foy said in an email sent to reporters on Sunday.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, both Republicans, are considered relative moderates within their caucus and both support abortion rights - one area in particular where the court is expected to shift further to the right.

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