Trump says Dems using ‘con game’ to sink Kavanaugh court bid

Dozens of angry protesters were arrested at the Capitol Hill offices of multiple senators as opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grew

Brett Kavanaugh, the president's embattled Supreme Court nominee, spoke out Monday in an extraordinary and emotional interview with Fox News, saying, "I've never sexually assaulted anyone" and insisting, "I'm not going anywhere".

FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

The judge said he was looking forward to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday against allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman when she was a teenager. Democrats have seized on both accusations as reason to delay the confirmation vote for more hearings and a full FBI investigation.

She added: "This is a country where you're innocent until proven guilty except when you're a conservative Republican". "She admits time lapses".

Brett Kavanaugh's Yale roommate says he believes the Scotus nominee's second accuser and claims her allegations are consistent with the "heavy drinker" he came to know.

Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Mr Kavanaugh confirmed.

Justice Kavanaugh already faces a separate allegation of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, who claims Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a drunken high school party in the early 1980s.

"The other people who were alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party".

When pressed on why he described it that way, Hatch responded: "Because I know it is".

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The White House remained firmly behind Kavanaugh Monday and planned an aggressive defense, said a White House official not authorized to speak publicly, who stressed the lack of corroborating evidence.

Mr Kavanaugh said it was possible he may have met Ms Ford at some time, but he said they were not friends and did not travel in the same social circles. It would only take a single Republican going against Kavanaugh for the nomination not to be confirmed.

Friday - Vote on Kavanaugh in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh told Fox News he "may have met" Ford at some point, but does not remember being at any parties with her, and says nothing ever happened between them.

Yet GOP senators acknowledge the hearing Thursday with Kavanaugh and Ford is a do-or-die moment.

I am not even talking about the legions and legions of female character witnesses from the Supreme Court nominee's professional and academic career - women who have known him for up to 35 years. "I have always treated women with dignity and respect", Kavanaugh said on Monday as he broke his long silence on the issue.

James Roche admitted he never saw Kavanaugh engage in any sexual misconduct against Debbie Ramirez and did not attend the party where Ramirez claims he flashed his genitals at her.

"The Senate simply can not in good conscience vote on this nomination without a full fair FBI investigation of all these allegations", he said. Deborah Ramirez alleged in a story published by The New Yorker Sunday night that while she and Kavanaugh both attended Yale University in the early 1980s, he pulled down his trousers and exposed himself to her.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also came out in Kavanaugh's defence. His family has suffered. Jeff Flake, a Republican on the committee, has expressed concerns over the sexual assault allegations.

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