Brett Kavanaugh: Trump doubts 'drunk' sex assault accuser

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According to Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski, this would allow McConnell to file cloture on Saturday, leading to a vote to limit debate on the nomination on Monday and a final vote on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled for Friday a preliminary vote on the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.

"No, I know Brett". I'm confident we're going to win, confident that he'll be confirmed in the very near future. The new Supreme Court term begins on Monday.

Like much of America, lawmakers awaited a momentous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Kavanaugh and chief accuser Christine Blasey Ford are to testify Thursday, though not together.

Ramirez alleged in an article published by The New Yorker Sunday night that while she and Kavanaugh both attended Yale University in the early 1980s, he pulled down his trousers and exposed himself to her. Ramirez's attorney said Republican members of the Judiciary Committee were no-shows for a scheduled phone call about that on Tuesday.

Donald Trump has launched a scathing attack on Debbie Ramirez, Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser.

"She would be willing to testify, but we can't even talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee about what that would look like, and they certainly haven't invited her", attorney John Clune said on NBC's "Today" show.

On Twitter, the president pointed to the stakes for Republicans in the November 6 election as the party tries to keep control of Congress.

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"I can tell you that false accusation and false accusations of all types are made against a lot of people", Trump, who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women, said. "Republicans need to stop trying to just rush this through". "Over the course of Rachel's career, she has dealt with victims in this very circumstance of delayed disclosure and circumstances where allegations were hard to corroborate", he says. "I think his conduct on the courts since verifies that.". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., angrily accused Democrats of slinging "all the mud they could manufacture" and promised a full Senate vote soon, but specified no date. All 11 Republicans on the committee are men, while four of the 10 Democrats are women.

At their regular Tuesday party lunch, Republicans were told to be prepared to be in Washington this weekend to process Kavanaugh's nomination, senators said.

Bromwich also requested the identity and resume of the outside counsel who has been hired, and asked to meet with her Tuesday.

"Labeling this a partisan smear job demeans not only the senators in my caucus", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.

The article said Ms Ramirez acknowledges gaps in her memory caused by alcohol that night.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that nearly 6-in-10 Americans (58 percent) say they will be following the proceeding closely or very closely and a plurality haven't made up their minds on who's telling the truth - about a third (32 percent) believe Ford, about a quarter (26 percent) believe Kavanaugh and 42 percent are unsure who to believe. And it might have been him. "Oh gee, lets not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that". Dianne Feinstein, Calif., the top Democrat on the panel, said of Republicans' plan to use an outside lawyer.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY retorted that if McConnell believed the allegations were a smear, "why don't you call for an FBI investigation?" He said he had a positive individual meeting with Kavanaugh before the confirmation hearings. About 63 percent of sexual assaults in the United States are not reported to the police.

Murkowski's remarks are significant, as she is considered a key swing vote in the Senate - and if she defects from her party, it could potentially kill Kavanaugh's confirmation. Still, some GOP senators - including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - insist they need to see how the hearing goes before making a final decision.