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Donald Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett
Kavanaugh despite multiple allegations of sexual
assault.

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  • President Donald Trump said on Monday he stands with
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh “all the way” as
    the judge faces a barrage of sexual assault
    allegations.
  • Trump said Kavanaugh is “outstanding” and claimed the
    allegations against him are “totally political.”
  • At least three women are accusing Kavanaugh of sexual
    assaulting them when he was in high school or college.
  • Kavanaugh vehemently denies the allegations and is
    scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
    Thursday.

President Donald Trump on Monday said he is still with Supreme
Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “all the way” as the judge faces a

barrage of sexual misconduct allegations
.

Speaking with reporters at the United Nations in New York, Trump
said Kavanaugh is “outstanding” and claimed the allegations
against him are
“totally political,”
the Associated Press reported.

The president’s comments come less than a day after new
accusations of assault arose against Kavanaugh, which have placed
his nomination for the Supreme Court in further peril.

The allegations against Kavanaugh

The New Yorker on Sunday
published an article
featuring allegations from a classmate
of Kavanaugh’s at Yale who claims he shoved his penis in her face
and forced her to come into contact with it at a party in
college. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, is calling on the FBI to
investigate the incident.

Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel’s attorney, on Sunday
night claimed to have evidence of
further alleged sexual misconduct from Kavanaugh’s high school
years
.

In an email to Mike Davis, the chief counsel for nominations for
the Senate Judiciary Committee, Avenatti
said
he had evidence that at house parties in the early
1980s, Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge, and others would target
women using alcohol and drugs “in order to allow a ‘train’ of men
to subsequently gang rape them.”

Avenatti demanded to present testimony to the Senate Judiciary
Committee and called for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be withdrawn.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Sunday said
in a statement the committee will “attempt
to evaluate”
the new accusations.

Correspondingly, Senate Democrats are calling for proceedings to
halt and want
the FBI to investigate
.

Prior to Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor,
had accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were
teenagers at a high school party. Ford alleges Kavanaugh
attempted to force himself on her and covered her mouth so people
wouldn’t hear her scream. Kavanaugh categorically denied her
account.

On Monday morning, the Montgomery County Sentinel
reported
investigators are looking at a possibly fourth
woman’s allegation of sexual misconduct from Kavanaugh’s senior
year in high school. Investigators told the Maryland newspaper
they weren’t sure if the anonymous woman they interviewed was the
one Avenatti was representing or not.

What Kavanaugh has said


Kavanaugh hearingManuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations and is prepared
to defend himself before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Thursday. Ford is also set to testify to the committee.

In response to Ramirez’s allegation against him, Kavanaugh said
in a statement Sunday night:

“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people
who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so.
This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying
on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the
reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime
building — against these last-minute allegations.”

What the White House has said

The White House sent an email just
before midnight
on Sunday echoing Kavanaugh’s denial, and
politicizing Ramirez’s accusation.

The email attempts to discredit Ramirez’s accusation with a
selective breakdown of The New Yorker article, such as the fact
she admitted there were “significant gaps” in her memories about
the event.

“It took six days of ‘assessing her memories’ for Ramirez to say
she recalled Kavanaugh committing the alleged incident, and that
came only after consulting with an attorney provided by the
Democrats,” the White House said.

White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec also released a statement in
response to Ramirez’s accusation Sunday night saying they stand
behind Kavanaugh:

“This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a
coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down
a good man. This claim is denied by all who were said to be
present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men
who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. The White
House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.”

Appearing on “CBS This Morning” on Monday,
counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said the second
allegation against Kavanaugh sounded like a “vast left-wing
conspiracy.”

“I know there’s pent-up demand for women to get their day, women
who have been sexually harassed and sexually assaulted — and I
personally am very aggrieved for all of them — but we cannot put
decades of pent-up demand for women to feel whole on one man’s
shoulders,” Conway said. “What exactly is the standard for
ruining one man’s life based on decades of allegations that have
nothing to do with him?”

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