White House Open to Second Kavanaugh Accuser Testifying at Public Senate Hearing

The White House is open to the idea of a second accuser of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a television interview Tuesday morning.

The committee plans to hear testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students.

On Tuesday, Sanders was asked whether Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University, should also be allowed to testify. Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party when both were first-year students.

“Certainly we would be open to that, and that process could take place on Thursday,” Sanders said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She also reiterated Trump’s view that the confirmation process should wrap up soon.

In a Fox News interview on Monday night, Kavanaugh vigorously denied Ramirez’s and Ford’s allegations and said he would not “let false accusations drive us out of this process.” He is also scheduled to testify Thursday.

It remains unclear whether Ramirez will testify and how quickly that could occur, given her more recent accusations. Several Republicans on the committee have said they want to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination shortly after the Thursday hearing.

Though Sanders said the White House is open to testimony from Ramirez, she also stressed Tuesday that the confirmation process needs to come to a close.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post, John Wagner