Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh won't be 'intimidated' into withdrawing

Time's Up, the national movement that earlier in the day sponsored a nationwide protest to support he women who came forward alleging past sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has officially called on Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

This follows an allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982, when the two were teenagers.

"It's very hard to have these conversations with your children which we've had to have", she said.

On Sunday, Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate of the now-Supreme Court nominee at Yale in the 1980s, told the New Yorker that he put his genitalia in her face during a party.

Republicans who are considered swing votes on Kavanaugh's nomination similarly didn't appear to find the latest sexual misconduct allegation against him as disqualifying.

Kavanaugh denied even knowing Ford, who was a couple years younger. She is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on September 27.

Mr Trump, himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, twice offered words of support for Mr Kavanaugh while in NY to attend the UN General Assembly.

Ford wrote the letter to Grassley on September 22, while she was still in ongoing negotiations with the Republican-led committee to testify against Kavanaugh.

'Mr. Kavanaugh's actions, while many years ago, were serious and have had a lasting impact on my life.

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Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The interview saw Kavanaugh continue a tone he struck in a letter Monday to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking minority member Dianne Feinstein. GOP Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, a strong Kavanaugh backer, told reporters he expects the committee to vote on Kavanaugh by the end of the week. "I know my lifelong record, and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process", Kavanaugh maintains. It said that the allegation came to the attention of Democratic senators through a civil rights lawyer.

The nomination battle has been particularly fierce on both sides as Judge Kavanaugh is widely seen as representing a fifth conservative vote on the nine-justice Supreme Court, replacing the more centrist Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh, sitting beside his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, told Fox News' Martha MacCallum Monday. I am certainly prepared to repeat the facts in the letter and to provide further facts under oath at a hearing, ' Ford wrote.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., retorted that if McConnell believed the allegations were a smear, "Why don't you call for an FBI investigation?"

For his part, the judge isn't backing down - issuing a blanket denial of all the new allegations.

In addition to denying allegations of misconduct, Kavanaugh defended his reputation as a man who respects women. While it was hard, I was able to share my information with two contacts during the period between the short list announcement and Mr. Kavanaugh's selection, ' she wrote. Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ford's story Friday in ways Republicans had been carefully trying to avoid.

In a piece by Ronan Farrow published on Sunday by The New Yorker, Deborah Ramirez, 53, claimed that during the 1983-1984 school year, she attended a dormitory party that was also attended by Kavanaugh, a freshman at the time. No witnesses have come forward to corroborate either the incident detailed by Ms. Blasey Ford or that alleged by Ms. Ramirez.

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