Trump Calls Allegations Against SC Nominee Kavanaugh a 'Con Game by Democrats'

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"I have always known Christine to be a trustworthy and honest person". He said to "take a look at the lawyers" who "are the same lawyers who have been fighting for years" and anxious that no one will want to go before "this system" to be a judge or politician in the current environment.

In response to Trump's comments, Ramirez's attorney John Clune told CNN that "politicians are going to say what they want to say but that doesn't mean what Debbie disclosed is not true".

"She admits that she was drunk, she admits time lapses", Trump said when asked whether Ramirez should be invited to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, as Ford and Kavanaugh have been.

Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the committee, emphasized that the scheduling was procedural and only for a "potential" vote "if we're ready".

According to Roll Call's Niels Lesniewski, this would allow McConnell to file cloture on Saturday, leading to a vote to limit debate on the nomination on Monday and a final vote on Tuesday or Wednesday.

It's rare for nominees to the Supreme Court to give any interviews at all.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY retorted that if McConnell believed the allegations were a smear, "why don't you call for an FBI investigation?" "It didn't happen, he said".

Since Christine Blasey Ford first accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Trump has remained firmly behind his nominee and his family.

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said.

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"The central point is that there is no precedent for this Committee to bring in outside counsel for the sole goal of shielding the members of the Committee from performing their responsibility to question witnesses", Bromwich said. She reached an agreement Sunday with the Judiciary Committee. "Thus far, we have not heard back", Foy said.

The declarations - from Ford's husband and three friends - do not provide direct corroboration of the alleged attack but suggest Ford shared details about her recollection in the years prior to Kavanaugh's nomination by President Trump on July 9. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., angrily accused Democrats of slinging "all the mud they could manufacture" and promised a full Senate vote soon, but specified no date. Senator Feinstein has sought the postponement of the hearing on the pretext of the New Yorker's Deborah Ramirez story.

"Certainly we would be open to that and that process could take place on Thursday", said Sanders. And an even bigger number (59 percent) thinks that if Ford's allegation is true he shouldn't be confirmed to the nation's highest court.

"We believe Dr. Ford is credible", said Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. "But I think she's sincerely wrong".

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations from both Ramirez and Ford.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell will be brought in to handle questioning of Kavanaugh and Ford.

Another of Ford's lawyers, Michael Bromwich, complained: 'This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate.

Bromwich also wrote that using outside counsel to perform questioning on the senators' behalf would go against Ford's "repeated requests through counsel that senators conduct the questioning".