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Brett Kavanaugh Now Faces Third Sexual Assault Allegation, New Claim Surfaces Monday In Maryland, Report Says

Senate Democrats countered that, if Republicans wanted to learn the facts about the nominee's past behavior, they would not have rejected calls for an FBI investigation of the allegations against him.

Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the committee, said the body could vote on forwarding Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate soon after they hear from the judge's accuser, Prof.

Ashley Kavanaugh was the personal secretary to President George W. Bush when Brett Kavanaugh worked in the White House.

But on Sunday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the judiciary committee, urged the panel to halt proceedings in light of the latest allegation.

"He's a high quality person, he's a great intellect", Trump said in remarks to reporters at the United Nations, accusing Democrats of portraying Kavanaugh as someone he is not. He said he considered both of Kavanaugh's accusers to be politically motivated.

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.

Ms Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they were both high school students in Maryland.

It's unclear whether these protests will have any effect on the Senate Republicans, who seem dead set on holding a vote, regardless of the mounting accusations against Kavanaugh.

Civiello said she did not feel he was particularly persuasive in that regard, citing, for example, how Kavanaugh barely looked at his wife during the interview, even as she spoke about how the public allegations had affected their family. This is a con game being played by the Democrats. "She was not a friend, not someone I knew".

"If Ms. Ramirez submits testimony and evidence to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which committee investigators have requested, we can decide how to proceed".

What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise.

Deborah Ramirez, 53, says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party, thrusting his genitals in her face and causing her to touch them without her consent, according to the magazine.

The Associated Press tried reaching Ramirez at her home in Boulder, Colorado.

"He is a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers", Trump said in comments broadcast on CNN.

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh hit back Monday at twin accusations of sexual misconduct as "smears", vowing he would not be intimidated into withdrawing from consideration for the high court.

The big question: If the name of the female outside counsel the Republicans hired is being withheld from Dr. Ford, is it also being withheld from Kavanaugh?

Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations.

The committee also scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT).

Patti Wood, who wrote the book "Snap: Making the Most of First Impressions, Body Language, and Charisma", said that preparation made Kavanaugh appear too-robotic and inauthentic for the vast majority of the interview. Even then, I knew the first line of the column I would write if that happened: "It's now clear that Brett Kavanaugh's nomination can not go forward".

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