Brett Kavanaugh

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Senate Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Kavanaugh Friday

The day after he and Christine Blasey Ford testify

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the AP reports. The committee vote is being set for the day after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are to testify about her allegation he sexually assaulted her when they were teens.... More »

Padma Lakshmi: 'I Let My Rapist Off the Hook'

But now she's telling her story in the New York Times

(Newser) - "I think if I had at the time named what happened to me as rape—and told others—I might have suffered less," writes Padma Lakshmi in a New York Times op-ed. "Looking back ... I let my rapist off the hook and I let my 16-year-old self... More »

Trump Unloads: 'She Admits She Was Drunk'

The president addresses Brett Kavanaugh accusations at the UN

(Newser) - President Trump amped up the rhetoric Tuesday by calling Democrats "con artists" and saying Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser "has nothing" on the Supreme Court nominee, USA Today reports. "She admits that she was drunk," says Trump of Deborah Ramirez, who accuses Kavanaugh of exposing himself... More »

Ted Cruz Gets Forced Out of Restaurant

The Texas Republican faces anti-Kavanaugh protesters

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz was heckled at a Washington, DC, restaurant Monday and walked out with his wife as activists chanted, "We believe survivors!" Two videos of the incident at Fiola, an Italian restaurant, show people asking the senator about his upcoming vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,... More »

Kavanaugh Defender Hadn't Seen 'Hurtful' Yearbook Mention

'I pray their daughters are never treated this way,' says woman who signed letter supporting nominee

(Newser) - Renate Schroeder Dolphin was among dozens of women who signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying Brett Kavanaugh had always treated women with respect. But that was before she saw his yearbook. Among references to football and drinking, the future Supreme Court nominee's page boasts that he... More »

Kavanaugh: 'I Know I'm Telling the Truth'

He tells Fox he was a virgin for 'many years' after high school

(Newser) - "What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone," Brett Kavanaugh told Fox News in an interview Monday. The Supreme Court nominee, appearing with his wife, Ashley, repeatedly denied allegations of misconduct and insisted that he had always treated women with... More »

Kavanaugh: I Won't Withdraw

Makes his position clear in letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh will not withdraw from consideration as President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the appeals court judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter Monday. Despite a second accuser coming forward , Kavanaugh said he "will not be intimidated into withdrawing," Politico reports. He called the allegations... More »

Trump Backs Nominee; Conway Sees 'Left-Wing Conspiracy'

'This could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate'

(Newser) - As Brett Kavanaugh fends off the allegations of a second accuser , he has the unequivocal support of a key backer—President Trump. "I am with him all the way," Trump said Monday as he entered the UN headquarters in New York, reports the Washington Post . Trump also dismissed... More »

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Says He Has Kavanaugh Evidence

Feinstein says hearing should be delayed

(Newser) - Stormy Daniels' lawyer is now involved in the battle over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination—and he says he has a client with "credible information" to support some shocking allegations. In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee , Michael Avenatti said he was aware "of significant evidence"... More »

New Yorker Publishes Account of 2nd Kavanaugh Accuser

Deborah Ramirez describes alleged Yale incident

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Thursday for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her as a teenager, as a claim of sexual misconduct emerged from another woman. The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday night that Senate Democrats... More »

Grassley Adviser Quits Over Old Allegation

And other sex-harassment news around the dial, mostly about Kavanaugh

(Newser) - Until Friday, Garrett Ventry was helping senators respond to sexual-assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh—but now he has resigned after an old allegation against him came to light, NBC News reports. According to insiders, the communications adviser was fired from a 2017 job working for North Carolina House Majority Leader... More »

Kavanaugh Accuser Decides About Testifying

Christine Blasey Ford will testify, but wants to negotiate details

(Newser) - The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault has accepted a Senate committee's request to tell her side next week but Christine Blasey Ford wants to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance, her lawyers said Saturday, the AP reports. It was... More »

Grassley Grants Extension on Kavanaugh Testimony

Senate Judiciary Committee chair's tweet on accuser Christine Ford: 'I want to hear her'

(Newser) - A high-stakes standoff between Republicans and the woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of a three-decade-old sexual attack stretched into the weekend after the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said his panel would vote Monday on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination without a deal on her conditions for testifying. Nearly two hours after... More »

Trump Questions Credibility of Kavanaugh Accusation

If the attack were as bad as Ford says, she would have gone to police, says president

(Newser) - President Trump has largely held his tongue in defense of Brett Kavanaugh, but he is now challenging the account of accuser Christine Blasey Ford and questioning why she didn't come forward much sooner with her allegation of sexual misconduct. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on... More »

GOP Congressman Makes 'Inappropriate' Joke About RBG, Lincoln

SC rep Ralph Norman's 'groping' humor isn't going over well

(Newser) - "Scattered nervous laughter" was the first response to a joke a GOP congressman made during an election debate in South Carolina on Thursday, notes Roll Call . But disgust and "condemnation" took over afterward toward what some called an "inappropriate" reference to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court... More »

Report: Yale Students Told Kavanaugh Favored a 'Look'

Yale professor Amy Chua said to give 'off-putting' advice to would-be clerks

(Newser) - "Tiger Mom" Amy Chua is in the news again, though not because of her parenting. Rather, she's become ensnared in the latest coverage of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his interaction with women. The Guardian reports that Chua, a Yale professor, "played an outsized role... More »

Christine Blasey Ford May Testify Next Week After All

Kavanaugh accuser's attorney wants to discuss conditions for her appearance

(Newser) - The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, the Washington Post reports. Just not on Monday, the day that Republicans set for the hearing. In an email to committee aides, the lawyer... More »

Ford's Classmate Backtracks After Saying Attack 'Did Happen'

Cristina King Miranda now says she has 'no idea' whether Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Ford

(Newser) - A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford has changed her tune a bit after initially stating, "This incident did happen" in a Facebook post about Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. You can see a screenshot of Cristina King Miranda'... More »

5 Dems Were Undecided on Kavanaugh. Now There Are 4

Claire McCaskill is a no

(Newser) - Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is a "no" on Brett Kavanaugh. She's one of five Senate Democrats facing a challenging re-election bid who had been undecided on the Supreme Court nominee and is the first of that group to reveal her vote, reports the AP . Politico reports her decision... More »

GOP: If Ford Won't Testify, Let's Vote on Kavanaugh

Grassley says there is no reason to delay hearing

(Newser) - Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say she wants the FBI to investigate her alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh before a Senate hearing on the incident—but such an investigation is highly unlikely to happen by Monday, and Sen. Chuck Grassley says he's not going to delay the hearing,... More »

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