Kavanaugh sex assault allegations 'totally political:' Trump

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With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward with allegations against him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, accusing Democrats of working hard to "destroy a wonderful man".

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Plunging into the high-stakes battle over the future of the court, Trump rejected a claim by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh was the person who dropped his trousers and thrust his penis in her face at an alcohol-fuelled Yale University dorm party about 35 years ago.

"They have exploited these individuals and their families for their own political purposes", she said.

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said.

He accused Democrats of "playing a con game".

"If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus", Mr Kavanaugh said. "And it would be a awful, terrible thing for future political people, judges.it can not be allowed to happen".

Kavanaugh addressed allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, report Fox News, USA Today and the New York Times.

Previously Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh and another book had shut her in a room and tried to tear at her clothes.

Ramirez offered her account of sexual assault to the New Yorker magazine.

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"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", Mr Kavanaugh said.

Kavanaugh has produced numerous statements of support regarding his behavior towards women both during his youth and soaring career.

"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said.

Ford is set to testify publicly at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about the allegations and Kavanaugh is expected to testify afterward in response to the same panel. In order to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh's nomination must be confirmed by the US Senate, which the Republican Party narrowly controls 51-49.

Attorney Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general, objected to Republicans arranging for an outside counsel to ask questions, and he took issue with the accusation Monday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that Democrats were engaged in a "smear campaign", reported Fox News, which obtained a copy of the letter.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski is one of a handful of Senate Republicans undecided on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Republicans face a narrow path to confirmation for Kavanaugh, which could be derailed by a few defections from their own party.

Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands.

The tweets challenging Kavanaugh called his virginity defense a "non sequitur", and one that "says a lot about how he views women even beyond his guilt or innocence", and that his virginity and the assault allegations are "not mutually exclusive".