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Kavanaugh and Deborah Ramirez allegations: What you need to know
The New Yorker published new allegations against Supreme court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh by his Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. Here’s what you need to know.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., swore, that the legislature votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the “near future”, during a speech in the Senate, in which he strongly criticized Democrats for what he repeatedly called a “smear campaign” against the judge.
“The Democrats have already made up their minds and decided the tactics,” McConnell said. “Delay. Hinder. Resist.”
The Kentucky legislature added: “This shameful smear campaign has hit a new low…Senate Democrats are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life.”
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McConnell, the speech came as the controversy over Kavanaugh’s confirmation of the order took a different turn when a new indictment landed late on Sunday in a report by The New York. It is only a few hours, came after the negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, under him, that he may have sexually assaulted, at a party, when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.
In the second statement, Deborah Ramirez of The New York said that Kavanaugh, sat on a drunken Dorm party at Yale University in the 1983-84 school year.
In his speech, McConnell referred to the reluctance of the New York Times – a frequent punching bag for President Trump, and conservative legislators – print Ramirez’s allegations. The New York Times reported that “there was no one with first-Hand knowledge” of the incident described by Ramirez and noted that “Ms. Ramirez even contacted former Yale classmates asked if she recalled the incident and said some of them that you can’t be sure, Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself.”
In a play-off for the New York Times slogan “All the News thats Fit to Print,” McConnell said: “the latest accusation is fit to print”, adding that Senate Democrats “wanted to be just another hit in the press.”
In spite of the New Yorker also concerns about Ramirez’s claims – the magazine reported that she “was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with security” – one of the piece writer, Ronan Farrow, told ABC on Monday that “some of the people in this story, Ms. Ramirez.”
Both of the Ramirez allegations and McConnell’s speech will come just days before both Kavanaugh and Ford expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about their claims. Two other Senate Republicans Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, calls for a vote after the negotiation with Ford.
President Trump also promised his support for Kavanaugh on Monday, saying the sexual misconduct allegations against his election are “totally political.”
Trump, at the United Nations in New York, declared that Kavanaugh is “excellent,” and added, “I’m with him all the way.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.