The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owes Christine Blasey Ford an apology for calling her allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a smear job. The president told reporters that she was "totally inebriated and all messed up" at the time.
Late Sunday, a second woman - Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh's - came forward with claims that he exposed himself to her and shoved his penis in her face at a dorm room party in their freshman year at the Ivy League school. Vox also says that Barrett performed poorly in her one-on-one interview with Trump.
The one-two punch over Kavanaugh and Rosenstein marked the start of a potentially consequential week and again plunged the White House into tumult, with the president in NY presiding over the start of the annual parade of leaders addressing the UN General Assembly.
So 35 years after the alleged incident, one which their accuser admits she was drunk, it sure sounds like she had no clear idea what really did or didn't happen. But other outlets like the New York Times refused to report it because her account could not be corroborated. Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation - I don't know when it happened, I don't know where it happened and everybody named in regard to being there, said it didn't happen.
A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, told the New Yorker she attended Yale with Kavanaugh and remembers Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at a dormitory party. Probably she would have fallen back on arguing that time is of the essence: We simply can't keep delaying indefinitely as people mysteriously recover hazy memories of Kavanaugh being abusive decades ago. "I don't think it was just 'Brett.' And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there".
Online, women shared their messages of solidarity to Ford, Ramirez and the thousands who have been sexually assaulted in their lives.More news: China Imposes New Tariffs on US, Accuses Washington of 'Trade Bullyism'
Kavanaugh strongly denied that claim as a "smear". That's possible as well, but it's more likely he has decided that a defeat for Kavanaugh on the Senate floor is preferable to withdrawal of the nomination or a delay in the vote.
Any new nominee to the Supreme Court will likely not be confirmed in time for the November 6 USA midterm elections.
Later Monday, hundreds of protesters marched to the Supreme Court while women across the nation conducted a #BelieveSurvivors walkout at 1 p.m. ET to show solidarity with women affected by sexual assault, including those whose claims were ignored or not believed.
The way I read this, a Democratic lawyer, gave the allegation from a Democrat accuser to Democratic senators, who then leaked the information to a liberal publication. He and Ford are still scheduled to testify Thursday at this point. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, revealed the existence of an allegation against him after sitting on it for weeks.
"The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out", Kavanaugh said Monday in a letter to the Judiciary Committee.
The fresh allegation comes as the Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to hear testimony from another woman, Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party more than 30 years ago.
"The Senate simply can not in good conscience vote on this nomination without a full fair FBI investigation of all these allegations", he said. He said he considered both of Kavanaugh's accusers to be politically motivated.