US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces fresh allegation

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The New Yorker says the claim dates back to the 1983-84 academic school year, when he exposed himself to a woman named Deborah Ramirez at a dorm room party.

Kavanaugh appeared to well up with emotion when he went on to say: "Starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old".

This story centers on Deborah Ramirez, who has come forward (or was pushed to come forward) with a claim that while she and Kavanaugh were both students at Yale, they were both at a drunken dorm party where Kavanaugh allegedly exposed himself to her.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", he said in a statement. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone in some place. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said he wants to testify before the committee. A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man".

"Senate Democrats are trying to destroy a man's personal and professional life".

In an attempt to reassure Republican senators and the party's voters that Kavanaugh remains the best choice for the Supreme Court, the White House and the GOP are taking the extraordinary step of green-lighting an offensive attack starring the nominee himself.

It's unclear whether these protests will have any effect on the Senate Republicans, who seem dead set on holding a vote, regardless of the mounting accusations against Kavanaugh.

That declaration, remarkable for a nominee to the nation's highest court, came as Republicans embraced their newly aggressive stance and Kavanaugh's prospects dangled precariously.

Ms Ford accuses Mr Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement, "This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever", he said, responding to claims by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he attempted to rape her during a high school house party sometime in 1982. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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He has denied both 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.

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton also criticized the accusations, saying Democrats "are engaged in a campaign of delay and character assassination against Judge Kavanaugh".

Asked about the President's support for his nomination at the end of the interview, Kavanaugh said he knew Trump "is going to stand by me".

Both Ford and Ramirez want the FBI to investigate.

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.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from the process", Kavanaugh wrote in a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens - in my opinion, it's totally political".

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.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), another Judiciary Committee member, told reporters he believed that Democrats are "just taking shots in the dark" with the latest allegation against Kavanaugh, adding that he is "prepared to move forward with the vote" on the nomination barring any new incriminating information that may arise at Thursday's hearing with Blasey.

After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to speak publicly, the report said.

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