Kavanaugh intensifies counter-offensive against sex accusations

College classmate claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at party

A defiant Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took the dramatic step of going on nationwide television Monday to address the sexual misconduct allegations that have put his confirmation at risk of unraveling. If elevated to the high court, the legitimacy of everything Judge Kavanaugh touches will be questioned.

In comments to reporters, Trump vowed to support his nominee "all the way", calling Kavanaugh "a man with an unblemished past" and characterizing the allegations swirling around him as "totally political".

He said he "always treated women with respect" - even telling the Trump-friendly Fox News Channel that he had been a virgin for "many years" after high school. "I am the leader in the entire country of promoting women law clerks to get Supreme Court clerkships", he said.

Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS that the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs. "I've always treated women with dignity and respect", he said at least three times.

The source pointed to the timing, coming out after Kavanaugh's hearing and after a delay in the committee vote, adding that thus far the allegations are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated. He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place. After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to speak publicly, the report said.

For survivors and the people who care about them, the message is crushing and familiar: Your experience doesn't matter. "I think the whole thing is a pretty major mess at this stage". It never came up.

The pair say they want a "fair process".

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something - anything - that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring", Kavanaugh said in his statement.

"These are smears", wrote Kavanaugh, "pure and simple".




"The coordinated effort to destroy my good name", wrote Kavanaugh in a letter to senators, "will not drive me out". "I feel badly for her family, I feel badly for her", she said.

With his future and reputation on the line, Kavanaugh stepped up his counterattack with a statement denouncing a "last minute character assassination" aimed at forcing him to stand aside. The unidentified person told the anonymous source that he heard of the allegation "either on the night of the party or in the next day or two".

"In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty", the article stated.

The second accuser's allegation was published shortly after the judiciary panel had negotiated the terms of a hearing at which the first accuser, Christine Ford, will testify.

Ramirez details a dorm-room party she attended at Yale, during which partygoers were drinking. Kavanaugh denied the allegation. 18, 19, and 22, respectively.

In the event that Kavanaugh's nomination does not go through, Trump might in turn nominate one of these judges, who were chosen from a list of 25 judges selected by the conservative Federalist Society.

For Trump, getting the conservative Kavanaugh into the lifetime appointment would cement his mission to shift the court to the right for years to come. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, revealed the existence of an allegation against him after sitting on it for weeks.

"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee", Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a string of tweets Monday morning.

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