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Trump dismisses fresh sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh: "She admits she was drunk"

"I think it's horrible what the Democrats have done. It is a con game they're playing," Trump said of the claims


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Shira Tarlo
September 25, 2018 8:15PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to dismiss the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling into question the credibility of one accuser because "she admits she was drunk" at the time of the alleged assault.

"The second accuser has nothing," Trump told reporters in reference to Deborah Ramirez, who claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party while they were freshmen at Yale University.

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"She was totally messed up," Trump added. "She admits she was drunk."

The federal appeals court judge has been at the center of multiple sexual misconduct claims in recent weeks.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor, has accused the embattled judge of attempted rape in the 1980s. The North California research psychologist, who is planning to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, told The Washington Post earlier this month that Kavanaugh thrust her in a bedroom at a party when they were both in high school, locked the door, pinned her to the bed, groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.

A second allegation was detailed Sunday by Ramirez, who alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his penis in her face at a party while they were freshmen at Yale University. Ramirez told The New Yorker she was initially hesitant to come forward about the alleged incident because she had been drinking at the party and there were gaps in her memory of the evening. Ramirez, however, said she felt confident about what Kavanaugh had done "after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney."

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations from both women.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, recently alluded to a third client on Twitter, writing that he represents a women with "credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh."

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Avenatti has declined to offer details about his client or any new accusations, although he claimed that "she's had multiple security clearances over the years, including public trust and secret security clearance." His client would be the third woman to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Avenatti told The Hill on Monday that he expects his new client to go public with her sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh in an on-camera interview within the next 48 hours. "We anticipate that that is what is going to occur," he said.

In addition to downplaying the accusations against Kavanaugh, Trump on Tuesday also accused Democrats of playing a "con game" in Kavanaugh's confirmation process.

"I think it's horrible what the Democrats have done. It is a con game they're playing," Trump told reporters during a bilateral meeting with the president of the Republic of Colombia in New York during the United Nations General Assembly. "They really are con artists."

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Late Monday, he wrote on Twitter: "The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Accusations the likes of which have never been seen before!"

In addition to blasting women who have accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual harassment, Trump suggested his willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the future, noting on Twitter that he's "sure he is an absolutely lovely man!"

Rouhani's regime has sparked debates about the state of civil and political rights in Iran, and he has been accused of blatantly disregarding international and domestic legal standards, Human Rights Watch wrote in their 2018 world report of Iran.

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Meanwhile, Kavanaugh attempted to defend himself against the accusations during a Monday appearance on Fox News by insisting that he did not lose his virginity until many years after high school and thereafter — a defense that does not disprove any of accusations of sexual misconduct made against him.

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