Controlling women’s bodies the key issue in Brett Kavanaugh nomination mess

"I am with him all the way".

After Bush moved into the White House in 2001, he recruited Kavanaugh as legal counsel before later naming him to the appellate court in 2003.

President Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after another round of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, this time from when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale.

He had graduated from prestigious Yale University, where his most recent accuser said he exposed himself to her during a drunken party.

The classmate independently recalled numerous same details Ramirez told The New Yorker about the incident.

Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to address the allegations after a week of fraught public negotiations between Ford's attorneys and Senate Republicans.

"He is a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers", Trump said. Ford and Ramirez have faced criticism for waiting more than 30 years to report their claims against Kavanaugh.

Blasey's allegations, which for weeks had been kept secret by the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, have thrown Kavanaugh's confirmation process into turmoil.

Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's accusation and labeled it a "smear".

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Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet's spokesperson, Shannon Beckham, told CNN that staff for a Democrat on the Judiciary Committee reached out to Bennet's office, "and asked for a connection to someone who might be helpful should Deborah Ramirez decide to come forward with an allegation related to that made by Dr. Ford".

The three lawyers are not pleased with but agree to the committee's decision not to call any other witnesses.

In a television interview on Monday, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said the White House took the allegations seriously and that Ramirez should contact the committee if she also wants to testify.

"As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee can not hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses", Mike Davis, Senator Grassley's top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ms Ford's lawyers obtained by the Associated Press.

Kavanaugh later contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which outlined several grounds for Clinton's impeachment. Christine Blasey Ford identified herself last Sunday as the woman who sent a confidential letter in late July to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen.

A spokesman for Utah Republican Mike Lee, who sits on the committee, told the Guardian that the new allegations came "absolutely [as a] 100% surprise" to the Senator. "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".

The choice of a new justice for the Supreme Court is pivotal, as it often gives the final word on highly contentious laws, with an huge impact on United States public life.

The accusations have wrong-footed Republican senators who had hoped to push through his confirmation as quickly as possible, and who have sought to portray the charges as a politically motivated ploy by the Democrats to smear the judge. She says he put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

She told the publication she remembered Kavanaugh was stood to her right and recalled him pulling up his trousers while he and other students laughed.

  • Michelle Webb