Donald Trump says second Brett Kavanaugh accuser was ‘inebriated’ and ‘messed up’

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A week earlier California professor Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh tried to tear her clothes off in an assault during a party around 1982 when both were students at elite private high schools in Washington.

With his wife at his side, Kavanaugh went on television on Tuesday to defend himself, an unprecedented move by a Supreme Court nominee.

On Monday, the president told reporters, "I'm with Judge Kavanaugh and I look forward to a vote".

While he did not witness the incident alleged by Ramirez, Roche said Kavanaugh and his social circle "were capable" of such actions.

Many Democrats have said they believe Ms. Blasey Ford's account on its face, and say Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration to the high court.

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?"

Kavanaugh told MacCallum, "I never did any such thing". That's because Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh's accusers, might be there.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it's "not uncommon" for senators to rely on professional staffers to lead questioning at hearings, and pointed to the Watergate investigation as precedent. "She admits time lapses..."

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The Senate Republicans who oversaw three days of hearings on Kavanaugh are preparing to hand over their normal investigative role int he blockbuster hearing set for Thursday. "There's no medical way I can say that he was blacked out".

When asked if Ramirez should be allowed to testify, Trump said she "has nothing" and pointed to memory gaps: "She said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up".

"The central point is that there is no precedent for this Committee to bring in outside counsel for the sole objective of shielding the members of the Committee from performing their responsibility to question witnesses", Bromwich said. He said Trump called him in the afternoon to show his support.

Republicans are concerned that, win or lose, the battle over Kavanaugh's nomination is further animating women already inclined to vote against Trump's party in November's elections in which control of the next Congress is at stake. But Cornyn said he thought Kavanaugh "did well and did what he needed to do" in the interview.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a potentially key Republican vote, said GOP senators need to come into the hearing with open minds. Not in high school. "They're playing a con game, and they play it very well".

As for delaying the vote even longer, Limbaugh suggested that will only make him the target of more unsubstantiated allegations, with porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti waiting in the wings to drop some new claim.

Republican President Donald Trump, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, escalated his rhetoric against both of Kavanaugh's accusers on Tuesday and called the allegations "a con game being played by the Democrats".

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