2nd Kavanaugh accuser certain about alleged encounter, her lawyer says

2nd Kavanaugh accuser certain about alleged encounter, her lawyer says

2nd Kavanaugh accuser certain about alleged encounter, her lawyer says

Republicans have chosen a female outside counsel to question Ford at Thursday's hearing - a way to avoid a repeat of the optics in 1991, when an all-male committee's questioning of Anita Hill about her allegations of sexual impropriety against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas angered female voters, who elected dozens of women in November 1992.

The hearing set for Thursday is happening as Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee clamor to get Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell continues to say he'll press ahead with a vote not matter what.

President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court in a divided Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge "a con game being played by the Democrats".

In Wednesday's poll, 87 percent of Republicans say they approve of the job Trump is doing, up from 81 percent earlier this month.

Ms Ramirez, 53, said she ended up touching his genitals while attempting to push him away.

Trump called Kavanaugh "an absolute gem" and argued he'd been "treated very unfairly by the Democrats".

Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

On Monday, the president told reporters, "I'm with Judge Kavanaugh and I look forward to a vote".

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.

"I think it's disgusting that they have exploited these individuals", White House spokesperso Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday.

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The bombshell claims, dating back to the conservative judge's high school and college days, threaten to derail what was seen as an all-but-certain confirmation to the lifelong post on the top court.

"We're going to ask some questions on our side, by this person, for the same amount of time as the Democrats have collectively on the other side".

"You said in your letter that you intend to provide a "fair and credible process" that provides Dr. Blasey Ford "fair and respectful treatment, '" Bromwich wrote".

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15 when they were high school students in Maryland.

Yet GOP senators acknowledge the hearing Thursday with Kavanaugh and Ford is a do-or-die moment. Asked whether he thought Ford's claims were also fabricated, Hatch said, "I think she's honest, at least I hope so".

"I had never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever", Kavanaugh said Monday during a televised Fox News interview.

Democrats say that is all the more reason to halt the nomination process and let the FBI, which carries out background investigations for candidates to high positions, investigate them.

Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory (at microphones) and Women's March on Washington creator Bob Bland (2nd-R) address a rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the court September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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.

His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced almost two weeks ago. A second woman accused Kavanaugh of another assault dating to his first year at Yale University.

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