Trump Stands by Kavanaugh After Unsubstantiated Claim by Second Accuser

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President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh hit back Monday at twin accusations of sexual misconduct as "smears", vowing he would not be intimidated into withdrawing from consideration for the high court.

Ramirez told the magazine she had become inebriated during a drinking game and was on the floor when the alleged incident took place.

It would be a "horrible insult" and "horrible frightful thing for future political people, judges" if the Senate doesn't confirm Kavanaugh, Trump said.

Trump, speaking in NY where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly, threw his full weight behind Kavanaugh.

"I think it's frightful what the Democrats have done - it's a con game, they really are con artists", he said.

"It is Judge Kavanaugh who is seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and who I think now bears the burden of disproving these allegations", said Mr. Coons in a Monday interview on MSNBC, "rather than Dr. Ford and Deborah Ramirez who should be dismissed with slanderous accusations".

"This is a con game being played by the Democrats", Trump savaged, of the allegations against his nominee, both of which Kavanaugh has denied.

Just hours later, The New Yorker dropped a new bombshell, reporting that a second woman was accusing the Washington appeals court judge of sexual misconduct, while they were students at Yale University around 1983-84.

Kavanaugh, whom Trump picked in July to replace Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the bench, was accused earlier in September of forcing himself on Palo Alto University psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford when the two were teenagers. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

She acknowledged to The New Yorker that there were significant gaps in her memory from that night, but she recalls, "Brett was laughing".

"We're going to be moving forward", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.

"These are smears, pure and simple", Kavanaugh said. Jeff Flake, a Republican on the committee, has expressed concerns over the sexual assault allegations.

Kavanaugh and his original accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

In the #MeToo era, when accounts by women of past sexual abuse have brought down a string of previously powerful men, Trump's defiant stand could not be more divisive, appalling many, but likely stirring his Republican base frustrated at what it sees as political correctness run amok.

He called the allegations "grotesque and obvious character assassination" and says they could dissuade others from entering public service. In order to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh's nomination must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican Party narrowly controls 51-49.

Kavanaugh told Fox News he was not present at a party like the one described by Ford and noted that others Ford said were at the gathering had no recollection of it.

Friday - Vote on Kavanaugh in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Mr Kavanaugh confirmed. Brett Kavanaugh is an absolute outstanding person.

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