Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in an interview set to air Monday evening that he's "not going anywhere" in the confirmation process to become a justice despite facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
A defiant and at times emotional Brett M. Kavanaugh sat for an extraordinary television interview with his wife Monday to try to save his embattled Supreme Court nomination against charges of sexual misconduct as a teenager.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee plans a pivotal, election-season hearing at which both Kavanaugh and Ford are due to testify separately. Democrats have seized on both accusations as reason to delay the confirmation vote for more hearings and a full FBI investigation.
While in NY for the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump answered questions about the Kavanaugh controversy and slammed Democrats for attempting to delay and derail the process. That account was quickly called into question, particularly as the magazine had not corroborated the account with witnesses and the acccuser - Deborah Ramirez - admitted that she doesn't fully remember the incident as she was drunk.
Mr Kavanaugh said Dr Ford's friend does not remember being at a party with him, nor has anyone corroborated the accuser's story.
Roche, who declined media interviews, said he he did not witness the 1983 act in question: When Debbie Ramiez said Kavanaugh was standing next to her, laughing, pulling up his trousers, after putting his penis in her face, the New Yorker reported on Sunday.
She says President Donald Trump "has said a number of times these individuals should be heard". "And the truth is, I have never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise". With all 11 GOP Judiciary committee members male, Republicans have hired a female attorney who would question Ford for them, said a GOP aide who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. "And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends".
Kavanaugh said he has faith in God and faith in the American people, looking ahead to the process before him. They said that they do not "wish to dispute Ramirez's claims".
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"Certainly we would be open to that, and that process could take place on Thursday", Sanders said on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Protesters opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation held rallies in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere. He and Ford are still scheduled to testify Thursday at this point.
Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands.
"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said.
Hardiman was reportedly Trump's runner-up for the spot taken by Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The Kavanaugh controversy is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
"Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man's personal and professional life on the base of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated", McConnell said. That's part of an aggressive drive by President Donald Trump and top Republicans to rally the public and GOP senators behind Kavanaugh's teetering nomination.