US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has said that he "never sexually assaulted anyone" and always treated women with dignity and respect, as he sought a fair process to defend his "integrity" over the mounting sexual misconduct allegations that have put his confirmation into jeopardy.
Kavanaugh and his first accuser 51-year-old Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Democrats have seized on both accusations as reason to delay the confirmation vote for more hearings and a full FBI investigation. In a tweet late Monday, Trump said there are false accusations against Kavanaugh "the likes of which have never been seen before!" I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I can not imagine her making this up, ' he wrote.
Kavanaugh and his Republican allies portrayed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have fought his nomination from the outset.
"It's just a game to them, but it's a very unsafe game for our country", Trump said in a bilateral meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez. He said he did not question that perhaps Ms Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted, "but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone". The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party.
When pressed on why he described it that way, Hatch responded: "Because I know it is". They said that they do not "wish to dispute Ramirez's claims". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Kavanaugh will be confirmed, saying, "I'm confident we're going to win". A major slip-up could endanger Kavanaugh's confirmation and create political pain for the GOP in the midterm elections.
McConnell also reiterated that none of the allegations against Kavanaugh - including the claims published Sunday in The New Yorker and last week by The Washington Post - had any first-hand corroboration.
"While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided answers to all of your questions", Ford wrote.
Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court would mark a major victory for the Trump administration, as he could tilt America's top court in favour of conservatives for years to come.
"This is a person and this is a series of statements that is going to take one of the most talented intellects from a judicial standpoint in our country - keep him off the Supreme Court?"
Republicans chose to hire a female attorney because of the risk that the panel's 11 Republican men - there are no GOP women on the committee - might say something insensitive to Ford. A former Yale University classmate, Deborah Ramirez, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself at a dorm party and "thrust his penis in her face".
"The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are all from when he's a teenager, and then we're supposed to believe he's a judge of a dozen years, hiring female law clerks?"