Ramirez's Lawyer Said She Is Willing To Testify, Possibly Without FBI Probe

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"The women who have come forward should have the freedom to pursue legal remedy, and our leaders have the obligation to do everything they can to end this epidemic of sexual violence", he said in a statement.

"We can only assume that he's doing this for an audience of one, who may be watching", Gillers said, referring to Trump.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the second day of his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 5, 2018.

Kavanaugh on Wednesday once again rejected the allegations as "last minute smears" that were "false and uncorroborated".

"My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed", he said, sobbing openly. Organized by activist groups like the Women's March, Planned Parenthood and Ultraviolet, they poured into the Senate buildings before heading to the Supreme Court, where they chanted, "You won't silence us!"

"This is a disaster for Republicans", Fox anchor Chris Wallace said.

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USA president Donald Trump has acknowledged that past accusations of sexual misconduct against him have influenced the way he views similar allegations against other men, including his Supreme Court nominee. Said Trump in his tweet: "Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist". "The Senate must vote!"

In a sworn statement, Swetnick said she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s".

Ahead of Thursday's hearing, at least four Republican governors spoke out, three of whom called for delaying or forgoing the Senate's vote to confirm Kavanaugh altogether.

Intense attention will now focus on whether any of a small number of independently minded Republican senators - particularly Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - will come out against Kavanaugh. Assuming all Democrats vote against him, two Republicans would need to cross the floor to sink his appointment.

In the opening statement, Kavanaugh denied Ford's allegations and choked up when discussing his daughter telling him that they should pray for her, among several other times.

"He began running his hands over my body and grinding into me", she said, adding that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to yell for help. "I don't want to speak for them because i haven't heard everything", she said. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", Kavanaugh said.

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Kavanaugh's testimony could raise questions about his temperament and whether, if he is confirmed, he can ever be seen as a neutral figure on the Supreme Court.

The Judiciary panel's 11 Republicans - all men - let Rachel Mitchell, a Phoenix prosecutor, ask their questions.

Through a campaign spokesman, Sununu said the Senate "should think carefully about the next steps in this process".

"You sowed the wind", he said.

"This is not a trial for Dr. Ford", Feinstein said.

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