Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh: 'I will not be intimidated'

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"And now it's clear to me it wasn't a joke".

Kavanaugh may drop out himself, while his nomination could also be pulled by the White House or not accepted by the nomination committee.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", he said in a statement. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. These are smears, pure and simple.

Professor Ford has said Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Michael Avenatti, best known as the attorney for former adult film actress Stormy Daniels, announced Sunday that he is representing a third woman "with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh".

Even before the latest turns, the carefully negotiated hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford carried echoes of the Anita Hill hearings in 1991. On Monday, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah called for a vote on Kavanaugh after Ford testifies and accused Democrats of engaging in a "coordinated effort to stop Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation by any means possible".

While the walkout itself might have taken just minutes of silence, or an hour of skipping out on work at most, this moment of protest against Kavanaugh's confirmation-promoting as radical an idea as believing in the accounts of Ford and Ramirez against a man in power-is sure to be another event contributing to the ripples of change in how the US treats survivors and their assailants.

"I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", she said in a statement.

Kavanaugh's accusers have claimed he sexually assaulted them, but did not make allegations of rape or consensual sexual intercourse.

Republican senators on the committee, including Grassley, insist they didn't know about The New Yorker story on Deborah Ramirez's allegations until it broke on Sunday. "Neither she nor her legal representative have contacted the chairman's office". Democratic lawmakers back their demands, while Republicans argue that the allegations are impossible to prove and therefore unfair.

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The #BelieveSurvivors walkout on Monday was initially planned after Ford's allegation against Kavanaugh was known publicly.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused the Democrats of having "no boundaries" when it comes to opposing Trump, who on Monday reaffirmed his support for Kavanaugh. Now that the story is public, it will be looked into, the aide said.

Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drinking game in their freshman year at Yale. Let her say whatever she has to say. Whether Grassley knew of the coming allegations or senior staff knew and pressed him to expedite the session is unclear. Kennedy was the frequently the court's swing vote.

Collins said Monday she remained undecided about Kavanaugh.

Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations.

The agreement for Ford to testify came just hours before the New Yorker magazine published the Ramirez article. He insisted he has a "lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old".

Democrats, though, say the New Yorker allegations now suggest a pattern of bad behavior on Judge Kavanaugh's part and a Republican rush to confirm the judge has to slow down. He said they appear "more interested in a political takedown" than a bipartisan process.

"We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale".

"The Republicans need to stop aiding and abetting Chuck Schumer's extreme delay strategy", said Penny Nance, the chief executive of Concerned Women for America, a conservative group, referring to the top Senate Democrat.

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