'Frenzied Republicans' asked Kavanaugh about old girlfriends before Monday's hearing with his accuser

  • Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process has turned into a retrospective on his love life, the news website Axios reported Tuesday.
  • The outlet said “frenzied Republicans” had asked him about his old girlfriends.
  • Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has stalled after the Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse him of sexually assaulting her party when the two were in high school.
  • Kavanaugh’s old girlfriends and Ford’s old classmates have jumped to their respective defences.
  • Kavanaugh has categorically denied assaulting Ford.

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation process has turned into a retrospective on his old girlfriends and love life, with “frenzied Republicans” asking him about the issue on Monday, the news website Axios reported Tuesday.

President Donald Trump’s nominee has come under intense pressure since the Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse him of sexually assaulting her during a party when the two were in high school.

Some Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as Trump and the White House, have said they want to hear out Ford in a public testimony, and now both Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify on the issue next Monday at 10 a.m. ET.

Two women who say they dated Kavanaugh came to his defence Monday, issuing a statement saying he was a “gentleman” and “respectful” toward women.

Coming to Ford’s defence, 200 of her high-school classmates signed a petition saying they believed Ford’s accusations.

Kavanaugh spent nine hours on Monday behind closed doors with senators and White House legal counsel, CNN reported. Kavanaugh has since retained a lawyer.

Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh held her down, groped her, and tried to remove her clothes during a high-school party in the 1980s has stalled Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. A senior Republican official close to the process who talked to Axios acknowledged at least some Republicans believed Monday’s hearing to be important and were worried.

“This all depends so much on the performances of two people,” the source said.

Kavanaugh looked polished in his previous hearings, where he played up his history coaching girl’s basketball teams and his employment of female law clerks.

But Democrats and opponents of Kavanaugh have cited some ambiguity over his stance on Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case, as an indication he may vote in ways that limit abortion rights.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied assaulting Ford, who told The Washington Post that she didn’t perfectly remember some details of the encounter that she says happened 35 years ago.

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