Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee hits out at 'character assassination'

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Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. Deborah Ramirez alleged in a story published by The New Yorker Sunday night that while she and Kavanaugh both attended Yale University in the early 1980s, he pulled down his trousers and exposed himself to her. I've known him for 17 years", she said, adding: "I know his heart.

"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters while at the United Nations General Assembly in NY. Trump later said that Debbie who after Christine Blasey Ford (who has alleged that Judge Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when they were both high school students) is the second accuser, "has nothing".

"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the judge said in a statement.

Sen. Chris Coons, Delaware Democrat, drew double-takes on the right Monday after insisting that the burden of proof lies with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to prove his innocence.

"This is a high quality person, and it would be a disgusting insult to our country if this doesn't happen", Mr. Trump added.

"We're going to ask some questions on our side, by this person, for the same amount of time as the Democrats have collectively on the other side".

On Monday night Kavanaugh appeared on Fox news, alongside his wife, and denied all accusations.

"We're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity my lifelong record", he said, according to an excerpt. Kavanaugh deinied the latest allegation.

McConnell says the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation soon.

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"But the American people also insist that vague, unsubstantiated and uncorroborated allegations of 30-plus-year-old misconduct, where all of the supposed witnesses either totally deny it or can't confirm it, is nowhere near grounds to nullify someone's career or destroy their good name".

Preparing for the hearing with Ford, Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Republicans had hired an "investigating counsel" to handle questioning.

All the Republicans on the panel are men. "And we certainly hope he is going to be confirmed, and quickly", Trump told reporters in NY.

In the Fox interview Kavanaugh got a taste of the personal questions he'll face from senators.

The magazine said it has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party at issue in Ramirez's account.

Trump called Kavanaugh "just a wonderful human being" and suggested that Democrats were skeptical of Ramirez, saying, "They don't believe it themselves".

Trump and Republican leaders are accusing Democrats of a smear campaign by using accusations by two women of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s to try scuttling his Senate confirmation. Kavanaugh may drop out himself, while his nomination could also be pulled by the White House or not accepted by the nomination committee.

Republicans have rejected any further delays in the confirmation process, which includes a committee vote followed by consideration by the full Senate.

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