US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces fresh allegation

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Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes at a house party in the early 1980s.

"Allison Janney, star of CBS sitcom Mom, posted a photo to Twitter showing her wearing black with co-stars Anna Faris and Mimi Kennedy while posting with a "#BelieveWomen" sign.

McConnell said that in their haste to tar Kavanaugh, they ended up violating the wishes of accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Spokesman Taylor Foy said the panel is looking into it.

The accusation from Ramirez raises the stakes further for a dramatic showdown Thursday, as Kavanaugh and Ford testify in public about an incident she characterizes as attempted rape - and that he says simply never happened.

Exactly what "strategy" might be used to derail Kavanaugh's nomination isn't noted in the audio, but Seidman allegedly added that "as the strategy becomes clearer" it should "partly be, beyond Kavanaugh ... what we want the court to be, what the court is supposed to be under the Constitution, and what putting Kavanaugh on the court means for the institution". This continues Senate Democrats' pattern of playing hide the ball, after they spent six weeks sitting on a letter regarding alleged conduct while Judge Kavanaugh was in high school before leaking it to the press. A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on his nomination.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would solidify conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

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The White House is approaching Ms Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Mr Kavanaugh's chances but could further energise female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations. "Unless there's something more, no, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".

Ford's lawyers said that, in a Sunday morning call with committee staff members, they agreed to the hearing even though the committee refused to subpoena Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford said witnessed the attack, as well as others she said were present. The newspaper reports that the calendar shows basketball games, times he went to the movies, football workouts, and college interviews. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, appears at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 5. Then, like now, another Republican president had selected a Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Clarence Thomas, facing accusations of sexual harassment.

Ford and Kavanaugh are reportedly set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. The 11 senators on the GOP side of the dais are all men, creating risky optics for a hearing that will be carried on live television.

Evidently concerned with preserving those favorable optics, Ford's legal team, while urging continual delays and postponements for almost a week, insisted on the Republican senators asking all questions of Ford on their own as a condition for Ford's testimony.

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