New allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appeared today alleging additional sexual misconduct in addition to the initial charge brought by Christine Blasey Ford. While Ford’s accusations allegedly occurred in high school, the new accuser Deborah Ramirez states that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while students at Yale University. The story first appeared in The New Yorker magazine which faced immediately scrutiny for publishing the accusation due to uncorroborated details. Most media outlets refused to publish the story because of the inability to substantiate the claims, but the New Yorker carried it.
In addition, Stormy Daniel’s attorney Michael Avenatti claimed to have another accuser he is representing who says that Kavanaugh ran a date rape ring with colleagues in the past. Once again, the claims have been unsubstantiated and no evidence has yet to be presented.
Republicans and Kavanaugh went on the defensive today against the rising tide of public opposition as well as the new allegations. Brett Kavanaugh penned a letter to the heads of the Senate Judiciary Committee reiterating his innocence. Kavanaugh and his wife later appeared in a prime-time interview on Fox News proclaiming the judge’s innocence and claiming all of the accusations were a smear campaign to keep him from the Supreme Court.
President Trump once again backed Kavanaugh stating he has full faith in his nominee while GOP Senators Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell proclaimed a left-wing conspiracy against Kavanaugh. McConnell went so far as to proclaim from the Senate floor that the Kavanaugh vote will happen soon and he should pass through without issue.
Contentious conversations and arguments continue on the U.S. Senate floor. Let’s take a live look in: