US President Donald Trump on Monday, September 24, branded sexual assault allegations that threaten to bring down his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "totally political", hardening his position ahead of an explosive Senate showdown. The women making the allegations, Trump said, "were coming out of the woodwork", and he said "in my opinion totally political".
In a statement provided by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple".
Trump said that he would probably not be able to convince Democrats to vote for Kavanaugh, which means he would need the support of nearly every Republican in the Senate.
Ramirez said that, when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale, she was invited by a friend on the women's soccer team to a dorm-room party.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the panel would "attempt to evaluate these new claims" but did not publicly respond to a call by Sen.
His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate seemed assured until Ford alleged in a Washington Post interview that a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to tear her clothes off. When asked why the story only broke now, so close to Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, Mayer told Savannah Guthrie that actually Yale classmates had been "emailing" about the incident as far back as July, before Christine Blasey Ford came forward.
Trump endorsed his appointee to the high court bench, calling him "a fine man" with "an unblemished past". Let her say whatever she has to say.
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Trump also doubled down on his belief that the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh are suspect as they were not reported earlier.
"No innuendo has been too low, no insinuation too dirty", Hatch said in a statement, adding that the committee should proceed with its scheduled Thursday hearing to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who accused him of sexual assault in 1982.
She said on CBS "This Morning" that the allegations against Kavanaugh, now by a second woman, sound like a "vast left-wing conspiracy".
"She said, point-blank, I don't want to ruin anyone's life, but she feels this is a serious claim", Farrow said in regards to Ramirez.
The New Yorker reported Sunday that Deborah Ramirez previously told Senate Democrats about the incident.
Not only did the New York Times fail to corroborate the story, but Ramirez was, at the time the story was being investigated and witnesses were being sought out, not certain Kavanaugh was the guilty party.