Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political:' Donald Trump

AFP New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 24, 2018, 08.02 PM(IST)

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United States President Donald Trump defended his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, as he termed the sexual misconduct allegations against him "totally political" on Monday.

Donald Trump who is in New York to attend the United Nations annual assembly was quoted by CNN saying that, "There's a chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate but I am with Judge Kavanaugh.

He went on praising Kavanaugh saying that he is a fine man with an "unblemished past" and added that "there are highly unsubstantiated statements from people rep represented by lawyers."

"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," he then said.

Meanwhile, Brett Kavanaugh who is already facing sexual misconduct allegation by a University professor, Christine Blasey Ford, faced another similar accusation.

On Sunday, The New Yorker magazine published a report in which Deborah Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a 1980s college party at Yale University, forcing her to touch his genitals.

However, Kavanaugh has strongly denied any wrongdoing in both cases.

Like Ford, Ramirez is calling for an FBI investigation into the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demand.

The scandal is set for a showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday when Kavanaugh will try to clear his name as Ford will testify that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

At stake is not only the fate of Trump's hand-picked Supreme Court nominee, but also Republican chances in November's midterm elections that face increased risk if the polarizing confirmation battle drags on.

For Democrats, the row is a golden opportunity to build on anger among female voters at Trump's often dismissive attitude to allegations of sexual misconduct -- including against the president himself.

In the #MeToo era, when accounts by women of past sexual abuse have brought down a string of previously powerful men, Trump's defiant stand could not be more divisive, appalling many, but likely stirring his Republican base frustrated at what it sees as political correctness run amok.

(With inputs from agencies)

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