Trump Says Kavanaugh Allegations 'political'

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US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was hit by a second accusation of sexual misconduct on Sunday.

Trump told reporters Monday after signing a new trade agreement with South Korea at the United Nations General Assembly in NY that "we hope he is going to be confirmed".

Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.

He also said Kavanaugh's treatment could be "one of the single most unfair and unjust things to happen to a candidate".

"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago, and 30 years ago and never mention it - all of a sudden it happens", Trump said.

In a series of tweets sent out Friday morning, Trump threw into question the validity of professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusations of assault in the most direct way since the allegations against Kavanaugh came to light and said his Supreme Court nominee is "under assault by radical left wing politicians".

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said in the Fox News interview.

Ford and Kavanaugh are slated to testify Thursday before the Judiciary panel.

In his letter on Monday, Kavanaugh said of the allegations against him: "These are smears, pure and simple".

Ramirez was reluctant at first to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident", The New Yorker reported.

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The committee also released a letter from Ford, dated last Saturday, in which she said coming forward with her charge was "something that a citizen couldn't NOT do".

"This is a woman I was best friends with", the friend said.

The judiciary panel announcing that it had investigated the incident and talked to three other people who Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party - Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser. The magazine said numerous people they contacted did not respond to interview requests, others declined to comment or said they did not attend or remember the party.

Neither allegation has been corroborated, and Kavanaugh has issued strong denials to both.

A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", Kavanaugh told Fox News' Martha MacCallum in an interview alongside his wife, Ashley, set to air Monday evening.

Senior Republican staffers have likewise learned of the allegation and expressed concern about its impact on the nomination, The New Yorker added. They note that neither the accusers nor news organizations have found people willing to provide corroboration, even though both women have named people who they said were present at the alleged incidents. He said that he'd never done anything like the episodes his accusers have described and that he didn't have sexual intercourse until "many years" after high school. He said the committee chairman, Sen. Taylor Foy, a spokesman, complained that Democrats had "actively withheld information" from the Republicans until now. She has said that Mark Judge, for instance, witnessed the alleged attempted assault.

The New Yorker has not confirmed this allegation with any other eyewitnesses.

The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after almost a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story.