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Developing now, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
- In an exclusive interview with FOX News, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh emphatically denied all the sexual misconduct allegations against him and vowed not to withdraw his name for consideration on the high court
- President Trump and Republican senators are throwing their full support behind Kavanaugh and have blasted Democrats for a 'last-minute smear campaign,' setting up a potentially explosive Senate hearing this Thursday with the judge’s first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford
- After initial, widespread, conflicting reports, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and President Trump are scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss his role in recent controversies and possibly his future in the administration
- President Trump will address the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday after raising hope for another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday
California professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of covering her mouth and trying to remove her clothing at a party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school. Both are set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
In the interview, Kavanaugh emphatically denied Ford's claim against him, telling MacCallum that he was a virgin through high school and for "many years after." He also told MacCallum that he would not withdraw his name from consideration over the allegations. Kavanaugh also denied a New Yorker report published Sunday night in which classmate Deborah Ramirez said he exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale, pointing out that the New York Times had said it could not corroborate her claims. In addition, the Supreme Court nominee said, claims by attorney Michael Avenatti that he and high school friend Mark Judge had plied women with drugs and alcohol at parties so other men could gang rape them were "totally false and outrageous."
- Avenatti says more Kavanaugh accusations will go public within 48 hours
- Tammy Bruce: Kavanaughs smart to fight back against Dems determined to destroy them over a lost election
- Cal Thomas: The Kavanaugh circus needs to close
- Kennedy: Possible justice replacement could be bigger Dem problem than Kavanaugh
Trump's tweet came after several Republican senators voiced their support for Kavanaugh and slammed what they characterized as last-minute 'smear' tactics by Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who delivered a nationally televised speech on the Senate floor Monday defending Kavanaugh, vowed an up-or-down vote on the nominee after the planned hearing on Thursday. In an interview on "Hannity," Sen. Lindsey Graham charged that Democrats' complaints about "rushing" the Kavanaugh confirmation vote are "like an arsonist complaining about a fire."
Despite top Democrats' calls to delay the hearing pending an FBI investigation, the Thursday Senate gathering with Kavanaugh and Ford still appears likely to occur.
- Chad Pergram: Kavanaugh is short of votes, but fate hinges on upcoming testimony
- Ben Shapiro: Kavanaugh allegations are business as usual for Democrats -- They have a long history of smears
- Karol Markowicz: New Yorker hit piece on Kavanaugh is not journalism
But the White House put out a brief statement saying Rosenstein and Trump will meet Thursday when the president returns from New York.
- Rep. Gaetz: If Rosenstein doesn't testify on 'wire', report, I will introduce impeachment proceedings
- TUNE IN: FOX News will have live coverage of President Trump's address before the U.N. General Assembly
- Trump addresses UNGA on global 'drug epidemic'
AS SEEN ON FOX NEWS
BRETT KAVANAUGH, IN HIS OWN WORDS: "I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I'm telling the truth. I know my lifelong record and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people." – Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in his exclusive interview with Martha MacCallum on "The Story." WATCH
'I KNOW BRETT': "It’s very difficult to have these conversations with your children, which we’ve had to have. But they know Brett and they know the truth and we told them at the very beginning of this process, ‘This will be not fun sometimes. You’re going to hear things. People feel strongly and you need to know that and just remember, you know your dad.’" – Ashley Kavanaugh, wife of Brett Kavanaugh, discussing how their two daughters are dealing with the accusations against their father in an exclusive interview on "The Story." WATCH
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FOX NEWS OPINION
Jason Chaffetz: Democrats fundraise off Kavanaugh smears -- is this the country we want to live in?
Liz Peek: Kavanaugh confirmation chaos -- Liberals, especially liberal women, should be careful what they wish for.
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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Judge Andrew Napolitano; White House press secretary Sarah Sanders; and Tomi Lahren. Plus, "Dog the Bounty Hunter" takes us inside the capture of Sarah Palin's convicted stalker. Clint Harp opens up about his new memoir, "Handcrafted."
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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: "Big Game" author Mark Leibovich on the latest in the Kavanaugh and Rosenstein controversies. Martha MacCallum gives her takeaway from her interview with Brett Kavanaugh and his wife. Steve Forbes on Trump tariffs, trade and the economy. Erica Keswin on her new book, "Bring Your Human to Work." Ian O'Connor on his new biography on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., joins Tom Shillue to discuss spending accountability in Washington and the latest news of the day!
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