During an interview with Fox News Monday night, Kavanaugh denied the accusations brought by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez as he sat beside his wife Ashley. Imagine if Graham had said this instead: I know Brett Kavanaugh personally and don't believe the man I know is capable of what is being alleged.
"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters. "The second accuser thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not".
"Oh, gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that?" It's not clear how soon a vote by the full Senate would follow.
He said he may have met Ford, who went to a different school, but he added, "We did not travel in the same social circle". I'm not going anywhere. "He will be confirmed in the very near future".
The former treasurer said she was exposed to sexual abuse at age five and kept silent about her assault for almost 20 years.
The first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, and Kavanaugh will respond to her allegations as well. He said he did not question that perhaps Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted but said "what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone". Of Ramirez's allegation, Trump said, "And now a new charge comes up". Lisa Murkowski, one of the key swing votes, wants the sexual assault allegation to be taken seriously. Ford says he sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything - but I am with Judge Kavanaugh, and I look forward to a vote.
Protesters opposing Kavanaugh's confirmation held rallies in Washington, New York, Philadelphia and elsewhere. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and top staffers.
"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said in an interview on Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum", to air on Monday evening.
"It's up to them", Sen.
In a letter to the Judiciary panel, Mr Kavanaugh said: "These are smears, pure and simple". That said, I will go into Thursday's hearing with an open mind. I've been on the committee for 24 years, and I've never seen it before.
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In a show of confidence, Republicans said they were discussing keeping the Senate in session this weekend so that they can begin the process of confirming Kavanaugh right away.
"Does that sound like someone who's treating these allegations with respect and fairness and evenhandedness?"
"I think it's really smart of them to get outside counsel", Sen. Certainly not to me. He said he did not remember being at a party with her. "That's a different decision than 'is Judge Kavanaugh qualified?'"
Meanwhile, the committee continued its outreach to Ramirez. Sen. That accusation, in a report by The New Yorker magazine, pushed the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats for further investigation.
Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking committee Democrat Sen.
Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who favor abortion rights and haven't endorsed Kavanaugh.
The article said Ms Ramirez acknowledges gaps in her memory caused by alcohol that night. "And so in order for us to take them under consideration, she needs to take the next steps". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was clearly leaning toward supporting Kavanaugh. "Whatever they decide is fine with me", Corker said. But #MeToo has also been about believing survivors, and the treatment of Kavanaugh's accusers raises questions about whether that part of the mission remains largely unfulfilled.
Ford, a California college professor, alleges that Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party three decades ago.
His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced almost two weeks ago.
Two women have accused Kavanaugh of assaulting them in the early 1980s.
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