Kavanaugh's Yale roommate believes the woman accusing him of misconduct

Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new misconduct claim - USA -

In an interview with Fox News aired on Monday night, Kavanaugh said he "never sexually assaulted anyone", has "always treated women with dignity and respect" and "did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".

Kavanaugh has denied both Ramirez's allegation and an earlier one, by Palo Alto psychology professor Christine Blassey Ford. He's also denied new accusations by Ramirez who says he exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale.

"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", he said four times in the span of 60 seconds, with minor variations. They said that they do not "wish to dispute Ramirez's claims". With all 11 GOP Judiciary committee members male, Republicans have hired a female attorney who would question Ford for them, said a GOP aide who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

He said it's troubling to see an eminently qualified candidate like Kavanaugh have his name dragged through the mud, and he suggested it could have negative consequences in the future.

"I have never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever".

Kavanaugh's march toward Senate confirmation has been rocked by allegations of decades-old sexual improprieties from two women. "That's correct", Kavanaugh said.

"If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus", Mr Kavanaugh said.

It is unheard of for a Supreme Court nominee to give interviews during the confirmation process.

Trump asked: "This [accusation] is going to take one of the most talented, one of the greatest intellects from a judicial standpoint in our country, going to keep him off the United States Supreme Court?"

Saturday - The full Senate moves to start debate on the Kavanaugh nomination, and Republicans file a cloture motion to force an end to that debate. President Donald Trump tweeted sarcastically last week that Ford would have reported the assault to authorities if the incident was "as bad as she says".

Mr Kavanaugh was defiant as well. I know my lifelong record, and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process.

If Republicans do not have a judge confirmed before the midterm elections, there also is the chance that Democrats could gain a majority in the Senate.

Kavanaugh is set to testify Thursday at a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It's a theme he returned to in the Fox News interview.

"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".

Ashley Kavanaugh was asked whether she wondered if her husband was telling the truth about the allegations against him. "It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk".

Later, she spent years working for an organisation that supports the victims of domestic violence, it added.

His wife Ashley said the process had been "incredibly difficult" but said the allegations were "not consistent with Brett".

Mr Kavanaugh appeared to get emotional at the end of the interview.

"Our counsel repeatedly tried to reach him", Mr. Kennedy said "They finally did reach him, and he said we are not issuing a statement". As we got to know one another, I discovered that Debbie was very anxious about fitting in. - President Donald Trump's newest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face punishing questioning from Democrats this week over his endorsement of presidential immunity and his opposition to abortion.