Anita Hill Says Kavanaugh Accuser Hearing 'Cannot Be Fair'

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26 September, 2018

A second woman is now coming forward, accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"We're here to demand that the law does not marginalize groups that are already marginalized in broader society", she said as she and other students waited for a chance to speak with Sen. Deborah Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh, 53, exposed himself to her while playing a drinking game at a party during their freshman year at Yale University.

"I support Chairman Grassley in his effort to have a hearing that is dignified, that allows for a level of due process, that allows for the stories of again, both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh to be heard, so I want a process with decorum and fairness", she told ABC News.

Kavanaugh, who was selected by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, has now been accused of sexual assault by two different women and is scheduled to testify in front of an open hearing on Thursday. Ford has said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed during a party in the 1980s when both were high school students, tried to pull off her swimsuit, grinded on top of her, and covered her mouth.

"This is a con game being played by the Democrats", Trump added.

"It's a shame you can do this to a person's life (and it) would be a awful insult to our country if this (the appointment) doesn't happen". "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so". "I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process and we're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record", he said. Denying the allegations against him, he vowed that he won't be "pushed out" of the confirmation process.

Kavanaugh, the president said, is "startled" by the claims, and his wife is "devastated".

His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced almost two weeks ago.

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Ford has agreed to testify on Thursday, after almost a week of fraught negotiations with chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Chuck Grassley. "I'm confident we're going to win, confident that he'll be confirmed in the very near future".

But Republican committee members and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell also have made clear that they will question the women's memories and lack of witnesses or evidence.

In the Fox interview, Mr Kavanaugh got a taste of the personal questions he will face from senators. Kavanaugh has denied that event as well, through a statement from The White House.

"I was not at the party described", Mr Kavanaugh said.

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands.

Republicans have accused Democrats of a smear campaign by using the women's accusations of misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school and college to try to defeat his nomination.

In a show of confidence, Republicans said they were discussing keeping the Senate in session this weekend so that they can begin the process of confirming Kavanaugh right away.


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