Kavanaugh says new allegations are 'ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone'

Brett Kavanaugh said the new claim was “a smear plain and simple”

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled its vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Senate Republicans are beginning to schedule votes aimed at putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

It's unclear if the calendars will affect the opinions of the senators on the committee about Ford's allegation.

While little has been reported yet about the background of Mitchell, the female prosecutor who has worked for almost thirty years in the Maricopa County prosecutors office and now brought in to cross-examine Ford so that the male members of the committee don't have to, the New York Times noted in its roundup of her career, "Yes, that is the very same Maricopa County where Joe Arpaio was sheriff from 1993 to 2017". Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the committee. "And what will she be asking exactly when no investigation has been conducted into the allegations?" she said. Despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's forecast that Republicans will win, Kavanaugh's fate remains uncertain in a chamber where Republicans have a scant 51-49 majority. "Once the hearing is done, we plan to move forward in the very near future".

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

The second woman, Colorado resident Deborah Ramirez, has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a Yale University dormitory party, putting his penis in her face and causing her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away. But three people she has named as witnesses have declared that they were not at any such party, including a lifelong friend, Leyland Kaiser. "I am with him all the way", he said as he arrived in NY to attend the United Nations general assembly, calling the allegations politically motivated.

The charge has already delayed what was once though certain approval of his nomination, which is crucial to Republican hopes to turn the court sharply to the right for years to come, with huge implications for law on abortion rights and affirmative action programs. The latter requires one to pay attention and act on what is said.

"She then told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen", she added.

Trump has acknowledged payments to women ahead of the election but denies their underlying allegations about sexual relationships. "She doesn't know it was him but it might have been him and 'Oh gee let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.' This is a con game being played by the Democrats".

The couple's two daughters, Trump said, are also "devastated".

"I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I'm telling the truth", the judge said. Some Republicans, including Trump, have dismissed the allegations as part of a Democratic smear campaign created to derail Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Another Democrat, Sen Jeff Merkley of OR, complained that Republicans were conducting a "jammed through, unfair process" on a lifetime Supreme Court appointment.

Kavanaugh and his Republican allies have framed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have opposed his nomination from the beginning. "Everyone deserves better than this, not just Judge Kavanaugh".

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, remained quiet about her intentions but stressed that the Thursday hearing should continue - even while the senator called for Ramirez to speak to the Judiciary Committee under oath.

The similar wording and arguments that Republicans used suggested a concerted effort to undermine the women's claims and portray an image of unity among GOP senators while pressing toward a confirmation vote. "That's a different decision than 'is Judge Kavanaugh qualified?'"

"Our goal is to have a respectful hearing", McConnell said.

Kavanaugh said it's possible he may have met Ford at some time, but he said they were not friends and did not travel in the same social circles.

But the allegations against Kavanaugh do not describe sexual intercourse. Regarding alcohol, he said he never drank so much that he could not remember what happened the night before.

Kavanaugh has been asked before about the culture of partying and drinking from his high school days.

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