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NEWS Trump says Kavanaugh accuser ‘messed up’

NEWS Trump says Kavanaugh accuser ‘messed up’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresident Trump: “The second accuser doesn’t even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not.” US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a woman who accuses his Supreme Court nominee of misconduct as she was intoxicated and “messed up”.”The second accuser has nothing,”…


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Media captionPresident Trump: “The second accuser doesn’t even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not.”

US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a woman who accuses his Supreme Court nominee of misconduct as she was intoxicated and “messed up”.

“The second accuser has nothing,” Mr Trump told reporters at the UN. “She admits that she was drunk.”

On Sunday, a former Yale classmate said Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the 1980s.

Judge Kavanaugh and another accuser from his high school years this week testify before a US Senate panel.

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“The second accuser doesn’t even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not,” Mr Trump said during a UN meeting on Tuesday.

“This is a person and this is a series of statements that’s gonna 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.”

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Media captionBrett Kavanaugh: “I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone”

On Sunday, Deborah Ramirez, a Yale university classmate of Judge Kavanaugh,told the New Yorkerthat he had once exposed himself to her at a dormitory party.

Ms Ramirez, 53, said she ended up touching his genitals while attempting to push him away.

The article said Ms Ramirez acknowledges gaps in her memory caused by alcohol that night.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump called the new report “a con game being played by the Democrats”.

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Media captionAlumni of Ford’s school: ‘We believe her’

“She said she was totally inebriated,” he said of Ms Ramirez.

“She doesn’t know if it was him but it might have him.

“Oh gee, lets not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.”

Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

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Image caption Prof Ford says Brett Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to take off her clothes; he denies it

He appeared on Fox News alongside his wife, Ashley, on Monday night, saying he “never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise”.

“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process,” Judge Kavanaugh said.

He is preparing for high stakes testimony on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, right after his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, gives evidence.

The California psychology lecturer has accused Brett Kavanaugh of drunkenly trying to remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both teenagers.

She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.

Prof Ford’s lawyers have told US media she has been receiving death threats and harassment since coming forward to accuse Judge Kavanaugh.

This week, the Indianapolis Star newspaper apologised for publishing a cartoon on Sunday mocking the professor.

The cartoon poked fun at her requestsduring a lengthy back and forth with Republican senators this week, depicting her demanding M&Ms, sparkling water and roses from the Senate.

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