Kavanaugh: I won't be intimidated into withdrawing nomination

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California's Diane Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, sent a letter Sunday to Republican chairman Charles Grassley urging him to refer the new allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to ensure "a fair, independent process that will gather all the facts".

"I look forward to a vote and for people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, and all the sudden it happens", the president also said.

"What we are witnessing is the total collapse of the traditional confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee".

The chief of police in Montgomery County, Md., says his officers are not looking into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, appearing to contradict a local news report that "investigators" were looking at a potential second high school misconduct allegation.

The second claim against Kavanaugh dates to his first year at Yale University.

George Stephanopoulos offered tough pushback asking about political motives with the allegation coming out now and drawing attention to a specific line from Farrow and co-author Jane Mayer's reporting, which noted that Ramirez only felt confident enough to come forward after "assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney" for six days. Say it with me, folks.

Kavanaugh and the White House vigorously denied the allegation Sunday night. That's according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the office was not authorized to speak publicly.

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Ford's lawyers said that in a Sunday morning call with committee staff members they agreed to the hearing even though the committee refused to subpoena Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford said witnessed the attack, as well as others she said were present.

The new allegations have prompted a key senator to call for "an immediate postponement" of any further proceedings by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering Kavanaugh's nomination.

Her phrase echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 depiction of infidelity allegations against her husband, President Bill Clinton, as a "vast right-wing conspiracy". The Supreme Court nominee has denied both claims.

Kavanaugh says the event "did not happen" and that the allegation is 'a smear, plain and simple'. 53 year old Deborah Ramirez described the incident in an interview after being contacted by the magazine and said that Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face and caused her to touch it without her consent as the pushed him away.

The new accusation landed late Sunday in a report from The New Yorker, just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. Ramirez waited until Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court, which is very convenient timing.

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