Democrats want to postpone Kavanaugh hearing

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley

A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley and other Republican leaders were gearing up to muscle Kavanaugh's confirmation through without testimony from the accuser, until her lawyers on Thursday began negotiations for the hearing.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is pictured answering questions during the second day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill.

Anna Eshoo, the first member of Congress to hear the allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, says it took "extraordinary courage" for her constituent Christine Blasey Ford to step forward, and she should be "given the respect she deserves" as she prepares to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee her story.

The other male classmate Ramirez said was involved in the incident told the magazine, "I have zero recollection". "Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec spoke along similar lines.

Hollywood stars and women from around the USA, some being key members of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, have also shown their support for Ford. "I don't think it was just 'Brett.' And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there".

The magazine said it has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party at issue in Ramirez's account.

Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6.

David Popp, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said he had not talked to McConnell Sunday night but he was also unaware of the second woman's allegations before they became public. She says Kavanaugh was drunk at the time and forced her onto a bed and groped her before she was able to get away.

Deborah Ramirez, a Yale university classmate of the judge, told the New Yorker that Mr Kavanaugh had exposed his genitals at a dormitory party.

Mr Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ms Ford's story in a tweet on Friday, saying Mr Kavanaugh was "under assault by radical left-wing politicians" and suggested Ms Ford should have filed charges as a 15-year-old when she was attacked. In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett's Supreme Court nomination was pending. "I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name-and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building-against these last-minute allegations".

In a statement to the magazine, Kavanaugh wrote: "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".

Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii calls the allegation "serious, credible, and disturbing".

She made several requests, some of which were accommodated - a Thursday hearing, three days later than originally scheduled, and a smaller hearing room with less press access to avoid a media circus, for example.

"Of course, we will attempt to evaluate these new claims", Foy said in a statement, adding that the committee's Republican staff only learned of Ramirez's allegation from the New Yorker article on Sunday evening.

Those calendars, he says, do not show a party consistent with Ms Ford's description of the gathering in which she says he attacked her, The New York Times reported. I can't say that at 53, but when I was 19 or 20, I was vulnerable. She was "reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty", according to The New Yorker.

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford and representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement late Saturday.

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