White House says it is open to testimony from second Kavanaugh accuser

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

It took a page from the playbook of the man who picked Kavanaugh for the job, President Donald Trump, using his news organization of choice, often a sort of cheerleader in chief for his administration.

A second woman has come forward, alleging the US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) suggested in an interview published Tuesday that she could break with her party over Brett Kavanaugh's sexual abuse allegations - a move that could sink the Supreme Court nominee. Ford has accepted, but later raised concerns about the format of the hearing. Kavanaugh has denied both allegations.

TRT World's Mary McCarthy has more from Los Angeles.

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh declared in a televised interview that he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life and didn't even attend a party where one accuser said he assaulted her.

Asked then about the possibility of Ramirez testifying, Trump continued.

Demonstrators protest against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice outside of the office of US Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 24, 2018.

The call for support comes ahead of a showdown Thursday, as Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify openly before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced almost two weeks ago.

Hatch, a former Judiciary Committee chairman who is leaving office in January, says he believes Kavanaugh's denial and previously said that Ford must be "mistaken".

With his future and reputation on the line, Kavanaugh stepped up his counterattack with a statement denouncing a "last minute character assassination" aimed at forcing him to stand aside. Yet there remained concern among aides, and Trump himself, as to how Kavanaugh, who appeared shaken at times during the interview, would hold up facing far fiercer questioning from Senate Democrats on Thursday, according to a White House official not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

"I was never at any such party", Kavanaugh said during the interview.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of molesting her during an early 1980s high school party. Ford's attorneys have said their client wants senators to ask the questions.

To many, the nomination of a man accused of sexual assault by multiple women sends a loud message to young people, especially young women. "They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault".

Republicans made a decision to hire a female attorney because of the risk that the panel's 11 Republican men - there are no GOP women on the committee - might say something insensitive to Ford. Everyone deserves better than this - everyone - not just Judge Kavanaugh, everyone.

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