Kavanaugh and his wife defend against sexual misconduct allegations

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WASHINGTON ― Republicans made it clear they're pressing forward with a vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court despite the fact that a second woman has accused him of sexual misconduct.

Senators from the Democratic Party in the United States were on Sunday looking into the allegations of sexual assault that a second woman made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Although Dr Ford does not remember the time, date or location of the party she claims she was assaulted at, Mr Kavanaugh says he was not at the party she had described.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused him in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.

"Mr. Kavanaugh's actions, while many years ago, were serious and have had a lasting impact on my life", Ford wrote in the letter.

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

"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", Kavanaugh said in the statement.

The White House has not wavered in its support of Kavanaugh, with the president tweeting that he is a "fine man" after Blasey Ford's allegations came to light.

Kavanaugh, who would serve a life term as a Supreme Court justice, has been the subject of accusations from two women of sexual misconduct dating from his high school and college years. "The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh".

The judiciary committee that needs to approve Kavanaugh's confirmation has a narrow 11-10 Republican majority, but Sen.

Ford and Kavanaugh will now appear at a panel hearing on Thursday, with Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court hanging in the balance.

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Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15 when they were high school students in Maryland.

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political".

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who last week accused him of sexual assault in 1982. The unidentified person told the anonymous source that he heard of the allegation "either on the night of the party or in the next day or two". In fact, I would argue that these new allegations are even weaker than Ford's accusations.

"We reached out to former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who then met with Ms. Ramirez to work through how to analyze and present her allegations", Beckham said. "A quiet, serious, thorough background check (of Judge Kavanaugh) by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it-and we did not", the statement read.

Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford wrote Sen. She is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on September 27. She said that although she is frightened, "my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions".

Ramirez admitted she had been drinking and has gaps in her memories.

The vote for his confirmation has been postponed by Democrats, who demand an investigation into the allegations.

One Republican close to Kavanaugh's confirmation process who wasn't authorized to speak on the record, said "there's resolve in the White House".

Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS that the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

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