President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Tuesday of using a "con game" to scuttle Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, forcefully dismissing allegations against the judge as Republicans began preparations for a pivotal hearing Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford, a woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
In the letter, Kavanaugh strongly denies the allegations of sexual assault and accuses Democrats of "grotesque and obvious character assassination" that would dissuade qualified people of entering public service in the future.
Kavanaugh's TV appearance came three days before a crucial Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which he and his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, were slated to testify.
McConnell's emphasis on fairness comes as Republican leaders have ramped up efforts to solidify support for Kavanaugh among GOP senators.
Kavanaugh told MacCallum, "I never did any such thing". Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters on Tuesday.
Senior Senate Republicans said a vote in the full Senate could take place as early as next Tuesday.
In a break from convention, the outside lawyer, whose name was not released, will question Ford and Kavanaugh on behalf of the committee's Republican senators, 11 white men. But he said they were not friends and did not have similar friend groups. Chris Coons of Delaware. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise".
His portrayal of himself as a wholesome young man was clearly meant to rebut allegations from both Blasey and Deborah Ramirez, a second woman who came forward over the weekend and accused Kavanaugh of exposing his penis to her when they were both attending Yale University.
Kavanaugh denied the story, calling it "a smear, plain and simple". Yet he appeared shaky at times.
The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, acknowledged that for the nominee "it's extremely awkward to be talking about such private matters on TV".More news: New calls for Kavanaugh to withdraw after second misconduct claim by classmate
Ramirez says she grew up as a devout Catholic and that what happened to her in college was shocking.
"We did receive, however, several direct accounts from people who said they were told right after, or saw her describing it right after, and who independently of Ms. Ramirez, recounted the same fact pattern about Brett Kavanaugh doing this", Farrow said.
On Kavanaugh, Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".
She said Republican senators' response to the allegations - at first saying that Ford is confused or misremembering, then alleging an orchestrated smear - "dives deep into the tropes surrounding sexual violence that this whole year has been spent disrupting". He said he did not remember being at a party with her.
President Donald Trump says Democrats are playing a "con game" against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"I think it's really smart of them to get outside counsel", Sen.
But, if the very people who hold in their hands - and votes - the power to make or break Kavanaugh's nomination are admitting publicly that nearly nothing Ford says will change their mind, isn't that the sort of rank partisanship that has gotten us into this morass in the first place? She also said she was uncertain of some details.
Ramirez told the magazine she was inebriated as well and admitted to holes in her memory, which Trump seized on in his remarks. She thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not, admits she was drunk.
Ford also wrote that she has hired security and has spent a "considerable time managing death threats".
"The process that the Democrats have played is absolutely disgusting".More news: West Ham end Chelsea's flawless start to Premier League season
"How many women have heard that before?"
GOP lawmakers are "missing the power of the a year ago, where people have so powerfully and importantly named their experiences", said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center.
Avenatti has yet to reveal the identity of the woman or her story, but has said he expects do so before Thursday's Senate hearing. When she pushed him away, she accidentally touched it without her consent.
Jess Davidson, executive director of End Rape on Campus, said the Senate Judiciary Committee's conduct has been "the most disappointing experience of my survivor advocacy so far".
After Trump lashed out at Ford on Friday, Sen.
"It seems to me the nominee himself would. say, 'I believe I'm innocent".
Treatment of Ford, 51, on Thursday will be watched closely.
Follow the latest update in the Kavanaugh confirmation below:Murkowski Sen.
"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", Kavanaugh said. "It's feeling more like a circus", he said.
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