'I'm not going anywhere' after latest misconduct allegation

Lewis Collier
September 25, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party while both were high school students in Washington, D.C. "Perhaps Dr. Ford was sexually assaulted by somebody in some place".

The White House is open to the idea of a second accuser of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a television interview Tuesday morning.

In the Fox News interview on "The Story with Martha MacCallum", Kavanaugh said he's never done what he's being accused of - to anyone. "The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party", Kavanaugh said. Ford has said Kavanaugh tried removing her clothes and covered her mouth to prevent screams after he pinned her on a bed during a high school party. Describing a party at Yale University, where she and Kavanaugh were enrolled at the time, Ramirez claims Kavanaugh exposed himself and thrust his penis in her face before she was able to push him away.

Before news broke of the sexual misconduct allegations, Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination process was expected to take about three months, from Justice Anthony Kennedy's resignation in late June to a full Senate vote on the current nominee expected in late September.

He refused to speculate on who might be behind manufacturing the accusations against him, and repeatedly demanded a "fair process, a process in which I can defend my integrity and clear my name". I hope that we can find such a setting and that you will understand that I have one motivation in coming forward - to tell the truth about what Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge did to me. She believes she got the interview in part because Kavanaugh felt her show would offer "a fair shake".

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process".

Kavanaugh appeared with his wife Ashley on Fox News's The Story, answering questions from McCallum ahead of his Thursday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nation is riveted to Kavanaugh's nomination process, which has been knocked off its traditional path by accusations from women that he initiated unwanted sexual contact with them when he was younger.

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She says President Donald Trump "has said a number of times these individuals should be heard". "I've always treated women with dignity and respect", he said.

"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the judge said in a statement. Ford is set to testify in front of the senate judiciary committee on Thursday.

Trump and other Republicans loudly echoed that assessment Monday, with the president saying he is looking forward to a confirmation vote.

It is now conceivable that Kavanaugh may not be confirmed, which could happen in multiple ways. "In my opinion, it's totally political".

Shine, who for years served as Ailes' right hand, was also forced to resign from Fox last year over his handling of sexual misconduct allegations made by several female employees against senior male anchors at the network.

Despite Feinstein's plea and the new allegation, Republicans still seem to be in a rush to confirm Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon that the allegations were a "smear campaign, pure and simple" that had been "aided and abetted by members of the United States Senate".

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