Second woman accuses US Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

Second woman accuses US Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

That declaration, remarkable for a nominee to the nation's highest court, came as Republicans embraced their newly aggressive stance and Kavanaugh's prospects dangled precariously.

Brett Kavanaugh's accusers have claimed he sexually assaulted them.

Blasey and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Blasey's accusations on Thursday.

Time's Up, the organization that has been active in recent weeks in its support of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accusers, has now called for Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination to join the United States' highest court.

Republicans have slammed the timing of the accusations as a political smear campaign aimed at derailing Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The vote for his confirmation has been postponed by Democrats, who demand an investigation into the allegations.

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Trump has made clear he won't order an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drinking game in their freshman year at Yale.

There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects.

Kavanaugh denied the story, calling it "a smear, plain and simple".

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political". Kavanaugh, 53, is now a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals.

Her allegation came one week after another woman, California university professor Christine Blasey Ford, accused Kavanaugh of shutting her in a room and trying to pull her clothes off at a high school beer party in suburban Washington around 1982. "I've led a good life".




Mr Kavanaugh said: "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

"All I'm asking for is a fair process, where I can be heard", Kavanaugh said.

Senate Democrats are now investigating a bombshell claim by Ms Deborah Ramirez, 53, who says Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a 1980s college party at Yale University, thrust his genitals in her face and caused her to touch them without her consent, according to The New Yorker. So far, no Republican senators have said they would vote against him.

Her allegation against the conservative federal appeals court judge has endangered his confirmation by the Republican-led Senate to a lifetime job on the top USA court.

It is unheard of for a Supreme Court nominee to give interviews during the confirmation process. The Epoch Times didn't independently verify Ramirez's account and is refraining from publishing the details of the accusation.

Pushing forward with Kavanaugh has its own risks, besides an embarrassing defeat for Trump and the GOP.

He charged the allegations that he assaulted women more than three decades ago were part of an unfounded "last minute character assassination" aimed at forcing him to withdraw.

The protesters wore black "Be A Hero" shirts and sat outside Collins' office chanting various slogans, including "we will not be silenced".

Republicans stepped up their attempts to discredit Ford's story.

Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false" and in a statement provided by the White House Sunday night said the incident described by Ramirez "did not happen".

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands. She posted a sign saying she has no comment on her front door. "Neither she nor her legal representative have contacted the chairman's office".

Kavanaugh denied even knowing Ford, who was a couple years younger.

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