WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump emphasized Monday that he stands by Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of a second sexual assault allegation, dismissing the accusations as “totally political.”
“There’s a chance that this could be one of the most single unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything,” Trump told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, where he is attending the annual general assembly session. “But I am with Judge Kavanaugh and I look forward to a vote.”
Deborah Ramirez, 53, told the New Yorker in a story published Sunday that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and “caused her to touch [his genitals] without her consent as she pushed him away” during an on-campus party during their freshman year at Yale.
The New Yorker has been unable to confirm the incident with other witnesses.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so,” Kavanaugh said in a statement Sunday. “This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building against these last-minute allegations.”
The story comes shortly after California-based professor Christine Ford told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothing when they were both teenagers.
Kavanaugh has similarly denied the allegation.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hold a hearing on Thursday that will feature testimony from both Kavanaugh and Ford.
Trump has previously cast doubt on Ford’s account, tweeting on Friday that Ford would have immediately reported an incident if it was “as bad as she says.”
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
On Monday, Trump similarly questioned why Kavanaugh’s accusers have waited decades “to come out of the woodwork” and urged reporters to look into who is representing the nominee’s accusers.
While Trump did not specifically cite any issues with the attorneys, one, Michael Bromwich, is currently representing former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired from the agency in March.