Trump says Brett Kavanaugh accusations 'totally political'

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Mazie K. Hirono of Hawaii, told the magazine. "And now it's clear to me it wasn't a joke".

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for an immediate postponement of Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings in a letter to the committee's chairman, Iowa Republican Sen.

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said in the Fox News interview.

"These are smears, pure and simple".

And Judge Kavanaugh took the unusual step of agreeing to a press interview during the nomination process, going on Fox News to flatly deny the allegations and say that not only was he never part of any sexual misconduct, he was a virgin throughout the time frame of the allegations, forgoing sex or anything close to sex for "years" after high school. Even though the alleged incidents went down during his high school and college years - well before he met Ashley - she is refusing to believe his accusers. "No". Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

Ford wrote the letter to Grassley on September 22, while she was still in ongoing negotiations with the Republican-led committee to testify against Kavanaugh. The politically charged hearing has already been criticized by Democrats who are calling for an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh's conduct.

On Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man", White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.

The New Yorker says the claim dates back to the 1983-84 academic school year, when he exposed himself to a woman named Deborah Ramirez at a dorm room party.

Also jumping into the fray was the attorney who represents porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal fight with Trump. There are also questions as to how wide the reports of the potential new allegation were spread among Senate Democrats.

The White House remained firmly behind Kavanaugh Monday and planned an aggressive defense, said a White House official not authorized to speak publicly, who stressed the lack of corroborating evidence.

"In light of these new disturbing allegations of more sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate Judiciary Committee must hit the pause button". Now that the story is public, it will be looked into, the aide said.

Graham, who is a member of the Judiciary committee, tweeted Monday that there are "no boundaries" when it comes to stopping President Donald Trump.

The agreement for Ford to testify came just hours before the New Yorker magazine published the Ramirez article.

One of the six people was Ramirez's best friend, with whom she shared intimate details of her life.

Earlier, Mr Trump has staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh for the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. Judge Kavanaugh was defiant as well.

"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens - in my opinion, it's totally political". "The arrangements made to re-open and continue the confirmation hearing on Thursday will allow you to testify and also will allow the nominee to address the allegations made against him".

Durbin told ABC's "This Week" that some Republicans "reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination as to how their final vote" on Kavanaugh is cast. "It all boils down to how senators Murkowski and Collins perceive these allegations".

"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee", Sen.

Rachel O'Leary Carmona of the Women's March echoed Fallon.

Kellyanne Conway says the country shouldn't make Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pay for "pent-up" demand by women incensed about sexual misconduct.

But according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, most women who don't report their sexual assault choose not to for fear of retaliation, feel it's a "personal matter" or "not important enough to report", or believe police would not or could not do anything to help.

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