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Even before hearing, GOP plots aggressive Kavanaugh confirmation strategy
27 September 2018, 01:54 | Tara Lloyd
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Swetnick is represented by lawyer Michael Avenatti, who also represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against Trump to void a non-disclosure agreement under which the president's former personal lawyer paid her $130,000 not to discuss her alleged relationship with Trump more than a decade ago.
The accusations from Ford and Ramirez roiled the Supreme Court nomination process at the 11th hour, energizing sexual assault victims and the broader #MeToo movement, threatening Kavanaugh's career and reputation and risking the court's standing as it prepares for Monday's start of the 2018 term. The closest thing there is to corroboration is one anonymous person who says that they had heard about such an incident at the time-but wasn't there.
Koegler says Ford was "particularly bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C".
Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, said in television interviews on NBC and CBS on Wednesday that she has not been invited to speak to senators.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, meaning Kavanaugh's confirmation prospects may hinge on the votes of a handful of moderate Republican senators who have not yet announced their intentions, They include Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.
Gildo-Mazzon says she contacted Ford's lawyers after reading her account in a Washington Post story published on September 16.
Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a booze-fueled party when they were freshmen at Yale University in the 1980s. "She said that she had been nearly raped by someone who was now a federal judge".
Trump's charged rhetoric against his nominee's accusers came as Republicans quickly closed ranks around Kavanaugh, even as a handful of pivotal swing votes remained quiet on whether they would ultimately support his confirmation in the coming days.
Four others were identified by Ford as being in the room-Kavanaugh, two friends of his, and Leland Keyser, a longtime friend of Ford's.
Ford, a professor from California, has alleged that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers in Montgomery County. Ford's attorneys have said their client wants senators to ask the questions.
In prepared testimony to the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh called allegations against him by the initial accuser, Ford, as "last-minute smears" and "grotesque and obvious character assassination".
"I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends".
"Now a new charge comes up and she says it may not be him and there are gaps".
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusation.
The Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, and Republicans are under intense political pressure from conservatives to confirm Kavanaugh amid warnings that failure could cost the GOP in November's midterm elections. "They could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago and you would not be talking about it now, which is frankly what I would have preferred, but they didn't do that". "She thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not", Trump told reporters in NY.
"I was not at the party described", Kavanaugh said.
"She then told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen", White recalled in the document.
US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a woman who accuses his Supreme Court nominee of misconduct as she was intoxicated and "messed up". "And he's been treated very unfairly by the Democrats", Trump said Wednesday.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday "we would be open" to having Ramirez testify before the same Judiciary Committee hearing at which Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to appear Thursday.
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