New accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination; Trump stands firm

Staff Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Denouncing his accusers for launching "smears, pure and simple," Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he'll continue fighting for Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court, even as Republicans battled to prevent a second woman's assertion of a long-ago sexual assault from derailing his nomination.
"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from the process," Kavanaugh wrote in a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out."
Hours earlier, President Donald Trump led the defense of his embattled nominee against the latest allegation of sexual misconduct, calling the accusations against Kavanaugh "totally political."
The combative tone by Kavanaugh and Trump came a day after a second allegation emerged. That accusation, in a report by The New Yorker magazine, pushed the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats for further investigation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination.
Trump, at the United Nations for his second General Assembly meeting, called the allegations unfair and unsubstantiated, made by accusers who come "out of the woodwork." He also questioned the political motivations of the attorneys representing the women, saying "you should look into the lawyers doing the representation."
On Kavanaugh, Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way."...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.