A second woman has come forward with a an accusation of sexual abuse by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, thus complicating his Senate confirmation although on Monday he categorically denied all such allegations against him and retains the full support of President Donald Trump.
The new accuser, Debora Ramirez, emerged on Sunday in an article in The New Yorker magazine and says that Kavanaugh exposed his genitals to her at a party when both were college freshmen at Yale during the 1983-84 academic year.
According to Ramirez, now 53, a drunk Kavanaugh removed his clothing during a party at a student house party and pushed his penis toward her face, causing her to touch it without her consent while she was trying to get out from under him.
In a statement released by the White House, Kavanaugh on Monday strongly denied that the event described by Ramirez ever occurred.
This is the second accusation by a woman in recent weeks about the judge’s sexual conduct during his youth, with psychologist Christine Blasey Ford claiming that Kavanaugh sexually attacked her while drunk at another house party when they were both in high school.
Ford will testify regarding her claim on Thursday before the US Senate, a key step that will determine the course of the judge’s confirmation process for the US high court.
Kavanaugh, however, on Monday insisted on his innocence and said that he will continue with the nomination process despite the accusations leveled against him by Ramirez and Ford.
“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed,” said Kavanaugh in a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Despite the complaints, Trump once again on Monday fully backed Kavanaugh and cast doubt on the motivations of the two women.
Trump – in New York attending the United Nations General Assembly – said that the allegations against Kavanaugh are “totally political,” adding that “I am with him all the way.”
The president insisted again, as he has been doing for days, that Kavanaugh is “a good man,” adding that the controversy surrounding the allegations was “one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate.”
Trump’s support contrasts with the tone within the Republican Party as a result of the accusations, according to assorted media outlets.
CNN reported on Monday that Republican lawmakers are very worried about Kavanaugh’s ability to gain confirmation in light of the second allegation.
The new accusation also motivated about 100 people to stage a protest inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building, where senators have their offices on Capitol Hill.
Specifically, the demonstrators were trying to exert pressure on Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who could vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has been controversial from the start because of the possibility that he might favor reducing rights such as abortion and due to his view of presidential powers.
This article provided by NewsEdge.