Trump accuses Dems of playing 'con game' with Kavanaugh nomination delays, investigations

Dozens of angry protesters were arrested at the Capitol Hill offices of multiple senators as opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grew

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday questioned the credibility of the second woman to accuse Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, saying she admitted she was drunk at a party where the alleged behaviour occurred.

For Democrats, the row is a golden opportunity to build on anger among female voters at Trump's often dismissive attitude to allegations of sexual misconduct - including against the president himself.

These accusations will officially be addressed when both Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford (the first accuser) will testify in front of an open hearing this Thursday. "If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus". Ford's attorneys have said their client wants senators to ask the questions.

In the #MeToo era, when accounts by women of past sexual abuse have brought down a string of previously powerful men, Trump's defiant stand could not be more divisive, appalling many, but likely stirring his Republican base frustrated at what it sees as political correctness run amok.

Republicans have rejected any further delays in the confirmation process, which includes a committee vote followed by consideration by the full Senate.

"Thank you for admitting that", Kimmel said. He says she covered her mouth to prevent her screams after he pinned her on a bed.

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied the allegation against him and on Monday night took the extremely unusual step of appearing in a TV interview while the Senate considers his nomination. Kavanaugh strongly denied that claim as a "smear".

Kavanaugh: "I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process and we're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity my lifelong record".

Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Kavanaugh confirmed. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican.

On Tuesday, McConnell again reiterated his stance that Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh should not stop his confirmation process. A split-second facial expression, a tear or a choice of words by either witness could prove decisive. The panel's Democratic senators, four women and six men, were expected to question Ford and Kavanaugh but those details were still not final, Senator Dick Durbin said. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen.

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Mr Trump has previously cast doubt over the allegation by Dr Ford and reinforced his backing for the District of Columbia appeals judge at the United Nations summit in Manhattan on Tuesday.

"I go into the hearings with very positive feelings about him, and I hope Thursday goes well", Corker told reporters.

In a piece by Ronan Farrow published on Sunday by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez, 53, claimed that during the 1983-1984 school year, she attended a dormitory party that was also attended by Kavanaugh, a freshman at the time.

Ramirez told the magazine she was inebriated as well and admitted to holes in her memory, which Trump seized on in his remarks. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager.

His reputation took another blow, however, when his former Yale roommate James Roche said he believed Ramirez.

"They know it's a con game, and they are winking at each other".

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky accused Democrats of rushing to convict Kavanaugh and "destroy his good name" with unproven allegations, abandoning any presumption of innocence - a bedrock principle of American jurisprudence. Patty Murry, a Democrat from Washington, said at a press conference.

Trump returned to Kavanaugh later Monday after signing a new trade deal with South Korea.

Kavanaugh has produced numerous statements of support regarding his behavior towards women both during his youth and soaring career.

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