Second woman makes allegation against Kavanaugh

Standoff has Kavanaugh accuser's Senate appearance in limbo

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh now faces allegations of sexual misconduct from a second woman, who claims he exposed himself to her at a Yale party in a new report from the New Yorker magazine.

Senate Democrats are investigating the bombshell claim by Deborah Ramirez, according to the New Yorker magazine.

"In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty", The New Yorker reports.

As Republicans were considering their next move in private talks Saturday, fresh divisions were emerging between those who have advocated confirmation and other GOP senators who have expressed his interest in hearing Ford's story before voting. "Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

At about the same time, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who rose to fame by aggressively taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of his client Stormy Daniels, tweeted that he had another woman with an allegation who will be demanding that Kavanaugh's nomination be withdrawn.

But having spent six days assessing her memories and consulting her attorney, she felt more confident and was now calling for an FBI investigation. You'll also recall that the letter from her therapist mistakenly claimed (according to the therapist) that they had incorrectly recorded Ford recounting being attacked by four boys.

Christine Blasey (now Ford) says Kavanaugh pulled her into a bedroom, held her down, put a hand over her mouth and tried to rip her swimsuit off. Other details over her appearance haven't been outlined and the back-and-forth was sure to continue on Sunday and into next week. The White House in a statement on Saturday continued its support for Kavanaugh, saying he's "eager to testify publicly to defend his integrity and clear his good name".

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2nd woman accuses Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
The White House and Kavanaugh have denied the allegation as a "smear", and the White House is standing by the president's nominee. They note that Kavanaugh had previously told the Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to a standard question from Sen.

Meanwhile, the White House Spokesperson Kerri Kupec noted that the decades-old allegations brought up against the judge were timed and "designed to tear down a good man".

Internal emails between lawyers for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has said Kavanaugh assaulted her, show a standoff about the conditions for Ford's testimony. Three of those people, PJ Smyth, Mark Judge, and Kavanaugh, have already denied any recollection of attending such a party. In fact, I would argue that these new allegations are even weaker than Ford's accusations. Separately, an attorney for another woman said his client had information about Kavanaugh's behavior at parties at high school parties and wanted to testify as well. They know they must tread carefully at any hearing - especially because all 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are men, which is one reason they were seeking an outside lawyer, preferably a woman, to do the questioning. Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday, and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests.

The White House is approaching Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement. The Washington Post reported late Saturday that Keyser said in an interview that she was close friends with Ford and believed Ford's allegation.

Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford has reached a deal to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning in an open hearing.

There are, however, unresolved procedural and logistical issues, Ford's lawyers said, including whether the Judiciary Committee's Republican senators, who are all male, or staff attorneys would question her. Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions".

Lawyers for Ms Ford and bipartisan representatives of the committee came to the tentative agreement after a short phone call, said one of the people.

As the Twitter wars were playing out, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, assured an audience of conservative Christians on Friday that Kavanaugh's confirmation would go through.

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