McConnell accuses Democrats of ‘smear campaign’ against Kavanaugh
- Author: Gwendolyn Kim Sep 25, 2018,
Sep 25, 2018, 2:02
US President Donald Trump on Monday 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. But they shouldn't bode well for Kavanaugh's confirmation, despite the protestations of Republicans like Rep. Steve King who said of Blasey Ford's allegation: "How can you disprove something like that?" "The allegations against him are all from when he was a teenager, and then we're supposed to believe he's a judge of a dozen years hiring female law clerks to boot".
"It's when men become powerful and think that they can use women and interrupt their careers if they want to for their own predatory proclivities that then they start preying upon women", she continued.
The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, called on the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, to postpone Thursday's hearing in order to investigate Ramirez's accusations.
The Post reported that Democratic aides have said Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee "are likely to pose questions" about Kavanaugh's involvement in Whelan's claims "directly to Kavanaugh, when he is under oath".
McConnell concluded by saying that there will unequivocally be a vote on Kavanaugh before the full Senate no matter the Democrats' actions. Ford, a research psychologist in California, says Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her at a high school party.
She says at one point, a plastic penis was pointed in her direction by one man, and later another exposed himself directly.
Kavanaugh denounced the charges as "smears" and said he will "not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process". "I'm not going anywhere". "I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated".
What have other people said about the incident?
However, one former classmate remembered hearing about the incident from another, and independently corroborated numerous details offered by Ms Ramirez.
Three former students, who were not independent eyewitnesses, recalled being told or discussing the incident in vague terms at the time. We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it-and we did not.
In a statement, the Supreme Court nominee strongly refuted the allegation. "It's also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of effect happened to her. Dr. Ford of course will never forget this gathering because of what happened to her there". She referred to Ford as a "survivor of attempted rape" - even though Kavanaugh has denied her accusation, and every witness Ford has mentioned has contradicted her account.
"I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name-and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building-against these last-minute allegations", he said Sunday night.
In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple".
The White House is also continuing its support of Kavanaugh in the wake of the accusation.