Kavanaugh Accuser Classmate: 'That It Happened Or Not, I Have No Idea'

Cheryl Sanders
September 25, 2018

A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme Court.

The allegations have cast doubt on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Trump's outburst saw a new #MeToo era hashtag storm the internet, with people - mostly women - sharing why they did not report being assaulted under the Twitter hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

"It is imperative the Judiciary Committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken as soon as possible", the committee member said in a statement.

President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP
President Donald Trump's Republican Party has a challenge to maintain control of Congress in November's mid-term elections | AFP

"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 - in my opinion, it's totally political".

This isn't the first time allegations have come up during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

"I think it's important that women's voices are listened to and that the Supreme Court repairs its integrity", Elizabeth Batkin, 24, a first-year law student at New York University, who had walked out of her lawyering skills class, tells Yahoo Lifestyle at Manhattan's Washington Square Park, where a crowd of other women and men had gathered. The committee staff has requested Avenatti provide "any evidence that he claims to have".

Kavanaugh, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has denied the charges. "Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony". Chuck Grassley, the committee's Republican chairman, on Wednesday sent a letter to Ford's lawyers giving her until 10 a.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday to submit prepared testimony if she meant to show up on Monday.

Correspondingly, Senate Democrats are calling for proceedings to halt and want the FBI to investigate.

Ramirez says she was reluctant to come forward because the alleged incident was something she 'was embarrassed about, ' but eventually chose to share what she believes happened publicly following the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford against the beleaguered Supreme Court nominee.

Late Tuesday, Lisa Banks and lawyer Democrat activist lawyer Debra Katz said Ms. Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claims before she appears at a Senate hearing.

Female celebrities have taken the initiative in banding together to support Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s. Investigators told the Maryland newspaper they weren't sure if the anonymous woman they interviewed was the one Avenatti was representing or not. The two of them are tentatively scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Ford is also set to testify to the committee. Once again, those alleged to have been witnesses to the event deny it ever happened.

The version that was made public redacts the identity of the other person Ms. Ford says was in the room during the alleged attack, who has since been publicly identified.

"This is a smear, plain and simple".

Kavanaugh has denied the accusation he sexually assaulted Ford while drunk at a party in his high school years and said he would be willing to appear before the committee to refute it. "This 35-year-old uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down", said Kupec. As Kavanaugh's approval rating slides, Republicans need to consider whether it is worth unleashing a firestorm to defend a nominee who might be a further drag on their midterm races.

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