Trump Says New Kavanaugh Allegation Deserves Libel Lawsuit

'Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!' says president

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President Donald Trump accused Democrats and members of the press of waging an influence campaign against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Sunday, after another allegation of sexual misconduct against the justice appeared in The New York Times.

The president suggested that Kavanaugh bring civil suits for libel and decried “accusations without recrimination.”

“Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favorite word, impeachment. He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!”

“Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for liable, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!”

A Saturday story in the Times from reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly prompted the presidents tweets. Pogrebin and Kelly are the authors of a forthcoming book about the justice called “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.” The pair report that they reached seven individuals who could further corroborate Deborah Ramirez’s accusation.

Ramirez, the second accuser to publicly levy her claim, said Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face at a dorm room party during their freshman year at Yale. Kavanaugh denied any wrongdoing.

Saturday’s story also recounts a previously unreported incident that is broadly similar to Ramirez’s. One of Kavanaugh’s Yale classmates, Max Stier, told authorities he witnessed Kavanaugh expose himself during a campus party. By Stier’s telling, Kavanaugh’s friends then “pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.” The alleged victim is called Tracy Harmon Joyce.

Stier himself did not speak to the Times about the allegation. Authorities who communicated with Stier about the accusation confirmed it with the authors. Harmon Joyce has refused to discuss the incident, though several unnamed friends say she has no recollection of the incident.

House Democrats have floated further investigations and even impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh. The House Judiciary Committee asked the National Archives in August to release records relating to Kavanaugh’s service in the Bush administration. Kavanaugh served as associate White House counsel and then as staff secretary prior to his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006.

The Supreme Court will return from its summer hiatus on Oct. 7.

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