Trump slams Kavanaugh's second accuser

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And, for the first time, acknowledged he could withdraw the high court nomination if he decides that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward with allegations against the federal appeals court judge, is telling the truth about an alleged incident when the she and Kavanaugh were in high school in the 1980s and Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her. The documents show that friend Keith Koegler said Ford broached the topic with him in 2016 and mentioned Kavanaugh's name three months ago.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the substance of the woman's allegation.

"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", said the 53-year-old judge, in a statement issued by the White House.

Said Trump: "They could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago and you wouldn't be talking about it right now, which is frankly what I would have preferred". Ford requested in negotiations to not face Kavanaugh in person.

"Swetnick said she had witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh to "'target' particular girls so they could be taken advantage of".

Senator Susan Collins of ME. said she thinks the second accuser should be questioned by the Senate under oath.... "This is unacceptable", said HRC President Chad Griffin.

She did not claim that Kavanaugh took part or was aware of her rape but she claimed that he and other boys in his circle engaged in similar behavior.

"We are not going to vote on confirmation until Tuesday", Cornyn said. The controversy has unfolded ahead of the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to take control from the Republicans.

Mr Kavanaugh could tilt the court conservative for decades.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 4, 2018.

Schumer reiterated his call for an FBI background investigation of Ford's allegations. If he will not, at the very least, the hearing and vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these allegations.

The results of the poll comes on the eve of the high-stakes Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford on Thursday.

"Senator Grassley doesn't have a spine and neither do you b--", another said. Ford says she eventually escaped.

Trump on Wednesday claimed he has been accused of sexual misconduct by four or five women "who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me".

The committee will be voting on whether to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate.

"They go into the back room and talk to each other and laugh at what they're getting away with", Trump said. "We have to listen to what she will say on the record, under oath, and what Judge Kavanaugh will say on the record, under oath".

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused him of exposing himself during a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University. He's denied those allegations. "I know friends that have had false charges. I'm reminded of Watergate, where Fred Thompson actually did most of the key questioning for Senator Baker, and I believe Sam Dash did it for the chair", he added.

While Trump pledged to listen to the testimony of Kavanaugh's accuser and even said he was open to changing his mind about his nominee, he made clear that he was deeply skeptical of these types of accusations.

Republican leaders are pushing for the nomination to be confirmed as close as possible to the start of the Supreme Court term on Monday, Oct. 1.

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