White House open to public testimony from second Kavanaugh accuser, Sanders says

Kavanaugh said on Fox News Channel, "I've never sexually assaulted anyone". I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process.

"I'm not going anywhere", Kavanaugh told Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum. I ask for fair and respectful treatment, ' she wrote Grassley. "The network released excerpts in advance". "She doesn't know me and never remembers being at a party with me any time in her life", he recounted from Keyser's response.

Earlier Monday, in NY, the president had nothing but praise for Kavanaugh. "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so".

At one point, MacCallum suggested that the second allegation - made by a college classmate in The New Yorker - was insufficiently credible or substantiated to be reported.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising a confirmation vote will come soon and the president is showing full public support. He strongly defended Kavanaugh and vowed that this "fine nominee" will receive a vote in the Senate.

Republicans had been bullish about Kavanaugh's chances to ride out the storm, given that Ford did not appear to have any corroborating witnesses ready to testify.

But the possibility that some Democrats have an ulterior political motive doesn't change the fact that these truly troubling allegations against Kavanaugh should be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - expeditiously - before senators question the nominee and his accusers.

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.

In a letter to the Judiciary panel, Mr Kavanaugh said: "These are smears, pure and simple". I thought that knowledge of his actions could be useful for you and those in charge of choosing among the various candidates. She recalled that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.

"So you're saying through all these years that are in question that you were a virgin?" she asked. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a string of tweets Monday morning. "It is being replaced by a game of delay, deception, and wholesale character assassination".

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"It's important to me that you personally know how honest and thorough this effort has been, including my commitment to make sure committee members and other senators are able to hear directly from you", Mr. Grassley's letter said.

It is now conceivable that Kavanaugh may not be confirmed, which could happen in multiple ways.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Mr Kavanaugh says threats of violence against his family and "the coordinated effort to destroy my good name" will not drive him out.

Dozens of people were arrested in Senate office buildings adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. The group loudly chanted, "We believe the women".

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said they would investigate Ms Ramirez's accusation.

Kavanaugh added, "I went to all-boys Jesuit high school".

Female interviewer, check. Fox News, check.

With what had once seemed a sure-fire confirmation process suddenly thrown into doubt, President Trump's pick for the high court continued to sternly deny that he had acted inappropriately with either woman.

"The President's been clear: Let's let them speak", Sanders said.

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