2nd woman accuses Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

A second woman has come forward alleging sexual misconduct by embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, days before his scheduled testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to a previous allegation of sexual assault.

Blasey Ford's story is by now familiar to anyone who's tuned in to a USA news channel in the past week: she alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh steered her into a bedroom and tried to undress her during a gathering of teens in suburban Maryland in the 1980s.

Time's Up had issued an earlier statement on her accusation against Kavanaugh, which concluded: "Listen to Christine Blasey Ford".

But then Debra Katz, a Ford attorney, responded to Walsh: "It's not surprising that Ms. Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it. This is a smear, plain and simple".

In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh denies the event ever happened.

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man", said WH spokesperson Kerri Kupex. "The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh", she added.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Ed Whelan presented a freakish theory on Twitter that accuser Christine Blasey Ford was not sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when the two were high school students, as she alleged.

Set for Monday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, the walkout is pitched as a moment of solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at California's Palo Alto University, who recently accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

The pair of Democrats accused Trump of making "misleading statements" about whether the FBI should investigate Ford's claims against Kavanaugh.

After Whelan posted his theory, Blasey told The Washington Post that she knew both Kavanaugh and the man Whelan named when they were teenagers, and "socialized with them".

The magazine identified the woman as Deborah Ramirez (53).

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Dr Ford is due to give evidence to Congress on Thursday. Those calendars, he says, don't show a party consistent with Ford's description of the gathering in which she says he attacked her, The New York Times reported Sunday.

The second allegation dates back to the 1983-84 school year when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale. "They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault".

The New Yorker says she has asked the FBI to investigate.

"Let's all remember that Dr. Ford is not on trial, rather Judge Kavanaugh is seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court", said Sen.

Trump has questioned Ford's account, tweeting Friday that "if the attack.was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" with police.

He passed on multiple questions, labelling them "too personal", but a senior White House official claimed he had struck the right note, suggesting his appearance will be carefully orchestrated to present a likable, clean version of himself.

"I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation", Feinstein wrote. "I wasn't going to touch a penis until I was married", she said.

Inside the Senate, only six of the 51 Republicans are women - none of them on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham - a member of the panel that must approve Kavanaugh's nomination before it goes to the full chamber - summed up the position of many Republicans by saying he did not expect Ford's testimony to change his mind.

At stake is not only the fate of Trump's hand-picked Supreme Court nominee, but also Republican chances in November's midterm elections that face increased risk if the polarizing confirmation battle drags on.

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