Trump defends court nominee - 'I am with him all the way'

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During the incident at the "drunken dormitory party", which happened during their freshman year, the future judge also allegedly forced her to touch his penis without her consent, the New Yorker revealed.

The New Yorker reported Sunday that Democrats in the Senate are investigating a new accusation stemming from Kavanuagh's time at Yale University involving a fellow student, Deborah Ramirez, now 53.

Even before the new claim surfaced, Thursday's scheduled Senate showdown between the Supreme Court nominee and Ford, who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, carried perils for both witnesses as well as for Democrats and Republicans just weeks before the midterm elections. She tells the New Yorker she recalls other students telling her to kiss it. Ramirez says she pushed the person away, touching the penis in the process, and then saw Kavanaugh standing next to her, pulling his trousers up and laughing.

Those calendars, he says, do not show a party consistent with Ms Ford's description of the gathering in which she says he attacked her, The New York Times reported.

"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said. "Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person, and I am with him all the way".

In response to the New Yorker story, the White House sent out a list of "what you need to know", where it attempts to discredit Ramirez's allegations.

The White House was dismissive of the new allegations in a statement: "This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

Michael Avenetti, a USA lawyer known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her cases against President Trump, has alleged on Twitter that he is representing a third woman with "credible information" regarding Judge Kavanaugh and the alleged witness to Prof Ford's assault, Mark Judge.

Trump, in a tweet on Friday, challenged Ford to produce a police report, claiming if the incident was as bad as she said, the authorities would have been notified. "I am with him all the way", Trump said after he arrived in NY to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

The interview was broadcast on Monday morning but was taped before new sexual assault accusations came to light against Kavanaugh.

U.S. President Donald Trump has defended his Supreme Court nominee and questioned why Ford did not report the incident to police.

"One week ago, Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others". Kavanaugh denies the allegation. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic in CT, said that she was shaken.

"The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh", her statement added.

The two parties will testify separately - first Ford, followed by Kavanaugh's response - the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed. "That doesn't seem like Brett Kavanaugh".

In an email exchange between the committee and Ford's lawyers obtained by The Associated Press, a counsel for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley wrote that the terms over which witnesses to call and questioning are "non-negotiable".

Kavanaugh and the White House vigorously denied the allegation Sunday night.

They said in the statement that Ramirez never described the incident until after Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court.

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