Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh flatly denied allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him and said he plans to fight for confirmation to the nation's highest court, according to excerpts of a Fox News interview scheduled to air Monday night.
Cornyn said the committee could vote as early as Friday, then "we will proceed this weekend until we have the votes".
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., who sits on the committee, said a lawyer for Ramirez told committee staff she would not speak to them about her allegation that Kavanaugh flashed his naked groin in her face during an alcohol-laden party their freshman year. There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects, but the nominee took the unusual step of defending himself in a television interview that underscored the GOP's new-found combativeness. He added, "She admits that she was drunk. She admits time lapses..." And she said she was totally inebriated, and she was all messed up, and she doesn't know it was him, but it might have been him.
For Trump, getting the conservative Kavanaugh into the lifetime appointment would cement his mission to shift the court to the right for years to come.
Republicans worry that prolonging the process for Kavanaugh would open him to more rumors and accusations about his past, which they say are being orchestrated by Democrats. And so if you're a quiet judicial person who spent your life largely in legal circles and all of a sudden out of the blue people are making these claims against you, you can imagine how you wouldn't think it was a fair process.
The scandal is set for a showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday when Kavanaugh, who denies all the allegations, will try to clear his name and Christine Blasey Ford will testify that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.
The Post also held off for more than a month in publishing what it knew about Kavanaugh's first accuser, Ford. Why would she put herself on this torturous path unless what she says happened is true?
On Monday, Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who represents a porn star claiming to have had an affair with Trump, has said he is also representing a third Kavanaugh accuser, whose identity and story he said would be revealed on Wednesday. She passed a polygraphic test and she has discussed this with her therapist back in 2012 when Kavanaugh wasn't even in the running for SC judgeship. "In our view, the hiring of an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor, ' as Mr. Davis described in his email, is contrary to the Majority's repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee's members to fulfill their constitutional obligations". There are various other reasons for hesitating to embroil oneself in a hard confrontation such as this, from fear to shame and even internalised guilt.
There are more challenges for Republicans.
With the election looming and their control of Congress at stake, Republicans have been mindful of the pitfalls of alienating women voters by their handling of the accusations against Kavanaugh.
Blasey Ford's lawyers have yet to say they agree with that move or other conditions Grassley has imposed.
"We're looking for the truth here". Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation - I don't know when it happened, I don't know where it happened and everybody named in regard to being there, said it didn't happen.