Farrow: ‘Senate Democrats Came Looking’ for Second Kavanaugh Accuser


Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Sunday slammed Democrats for "withholding information" in relation to the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center who made waves late last week after he suggested on Twitter that Ford was confusing Kavanaugh with a similar-looking student who might have sexually assaulted her, canceled his appearance at the event in Iowa, where he was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech.

Kavanaugh is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday following testimony from another accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh assaulted her during a high school party in the early 1980s. A search on OpenSecrets.org reveals Keyser's only political donation has been to former Democratic senator Byron Dorgan.

Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false" and in a statement provided by the White House Sunday night said the incident described by Ramirez "did not happen".

All of Ford's alleged witnesses of the party, both male and female, have now denied any recollection of attending such a party.

Three of those senators - Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - voted for Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch.

She told the publication she remembered Kavanaugh was stood to her right and recalled him pulling up his trousers while he and other students laughed.

Yet Trump said he was in favor of Ford testifying publicly.

A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court. "She considers her own memories credible and she felt it was important to tell her own story before others did for her".

How that could backfire for Republicans: What if Ramirez and her lawyer find more people to corroborate her story? "Hopefully, we'll have a second judge very shortly who is a fantastic, fantastic man, a fantastic talent and intellect, hopefully Brett Kavanaugh will go on to the Supreme Court" Trump said on WTAM radio in an interview with Geraldo Rivera.

Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions".

Eshoo said that Ford understood the risks and consequences in coming forward with her story about a high-profile nominee to the high court. (In the previous Fox News poll, August 19-21, voters were split, 46 percent opposing, 45 percent in favor.) The 50 percent opposition is the worst number for a Supreme Court nominee in Fox News polling dating back to 2005. This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.

The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

"Deborah said she is confident that she can recall Brett laughing as he pulled up his trousers, and said she then heard someone yell, "'Brett Cavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face!" from down the hall. She says she is willing to testify, but she says she still wants negotiations.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were notified of Ramirez's claims, and Ramirez and Democrats are now calling for an FBI investigation.

"Dr Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week", the two lawyers of Ford - Debra Katz and Lisa Banks - wrote in an email to Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

None of them have said how they will vote for Kavanaugh.

His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate seemed assured until Ford alleged in a Washington Post interview that a drunken 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to tear her clothes off.