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Report: GOP tried to speed up vote after learning of second (and third?) Kavanaugh accuser

Ian Millhiser of Think Progress filed this commentary last night in response to the story from the New Yorker that a second accuser has emerged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh:

“A second woman says that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh violated her sexually, according to a new report by the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, alleges that Kavanaugh “thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away” while they were both drinking at a dorm room party at Yale University.

Worse, Farrow and Mayer’s report suggests that Senate Republicans tried to speed up Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote upon learning of this second accuser. ‘Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week,’ according to the report. ‘Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote.’

Ramirez’s accusation follows another allegation by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who says that Kavanaugh tried to rape her during a high school party when Ford, who is known professionally as Dr. Blasey, was only 15. Ford is expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about this allegation on Thursday.”

Clearly, if there’s any justice left in Washington, this latest revelation will derail the Kavanaugh nomination or halt it until a full FBI investigation can take place. Senators Tillis and Burr need to do the right thing and speak up now to demand that that the nomination be withdrawn, or at a minimum, put on the back shelf for several weeks.

UPDATE: RollCall is now reporting that yet another Kavanaugh will soon come forward. This is from a story updated late last night:

“At about the same time [that Kavanaugh was denying the Ford allegation] , Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who rose to fame by aggressively taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of his client Stormy Daniels, tweeted that he had another woman with an allegation who will be demanding that Kavanaugh’s nomination be withdrawn.

‘I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify,’ Avenatti tweeted. ‘My client is not Deborah Ramirez.’”

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