Attorney Michael Avenatti has said he has a client willing to testify that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
“She reached out to me. We vetted her claim and she satisfactorily passed that vetting,” Avenatti said of the new accuser.
Kavanaugh had previously been accused of a violent sexual assault by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has agreed to testify on Thursday local time.
On Sunday, The New Yorker reported that a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself and thrusting his genitals in her face at a party.
Breaking News: Brett Kavanaugh denied new sexual misconduct allegations and said he would “not be intimidated into withdrawing” as the Supreme Court nominee https://t.co/eemBvaSFhn
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 24, 2018
Under siege Kavanaugh continues to deny all claims of sexual assault
Kavanaugh responded to Ramirez’s accusations by denying they happened. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name.”
In an interview with Fox News, Kavanaugh rejected all the accusations of sexual assault and said he remained a virgin until years after his alleged assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. “I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” he said.
Kavanaugh has also been defiant in the face of suggestions he withdraw from the confirmation hearings in light of the accusations.
Pres. Trump calls allegations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, "totally political."
— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2018
Trump standing by his Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh
Speaking to reporters at the United Nations headquarters, Trump again voiced his support for Kavanaugh, “This is a fine man,” he said. “And we certainly hope he’s going to be confirmed, and quickly.
“His family has suffered. What’s going on is not something that should happen. Brett Kavanaugh is as absolute outstanding person. Hopefully, he will be confirmed quickly.”
Trump was reportedly angered more Republicans weren’t vocally supporting Kavanaugh after the first accusations and instructed them to be more aggressive in going after the woman making allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.
White House Spokesperson Kerri Kupec said the Trump administration continued to support Kavanaugh. “This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” she said. “This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.”
Nominees for the US Supreme Court inevitably face tough questioning from the opposite side of politics during confirmation hearings but Kavanaugh’s decision to vigorously defend his record and character in the media is unusual.
In his high school yearbook, Brett Kavanaugh and others called themselves "Renate Alumni." The woman they were referring to is furious. https://t.co/o0NMqLnXB5
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 25, 2018
Entries in Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook have surfaced
Kavanaugh is also facing criticism over a recently unearthed entry in his high school yearbook where he describes himself as a ‘Renate Alumnius’. The entry reportedly refers to Renate Schroeder, who attended a neighbouring high school.
Two of Judge Kavanaugh’s contemporaries have said the school’s football players mentioned Renate in the yearbook to boast of their conquests.
“They were very disrespectful, at least verbally, with Renate,” said Sean Hagan, a Georgetown Prep classmate of Kavanaugh’s. “I can’t express how disgusted I am with them, then and now.”
Some within the GOP are reportedly concerned that the ongoing turmoil facing Kavanaugh will be politically poisonous for the party as it enters the mid-term elections.