US President Donald Trump has defended Brett Kavanagh following the publication of fresh allegations of sexual misconduct.
The allegations come in the form of an op-ed penned by two New York Times journalists who say they’ve uncovered a previously unreported account of sexual misconduct allegedly carried out by the Supreme Court Justice when he was a student at Yale.
In the piece, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly said they learned of the alleged misconduct during a 10-month investigation of Kavanaugh’s life at prep school and Yale, including the assault accusations, for their upcoming book, “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.”
On 14 September the New York Times published an extract from the book, which focused on the story of Deborah Ramirez, who went to Yale and claimed that in her freshman year, she and some classmates had been drinking when:
"she says, a freshman named Brett Kavanaugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her, prompting her to swat it away and inadvertently touch it. Some of the onlookers, who had been passing around a fake penis earlier in the evening, laughed."
Kavanaugh has since denied the claims, with further defence added by President Trump.
“Now the Radical Left Democrats and their Partner, the LameStream Media, are after Brett Kavanaugh again, talking loudly of their favourite word, impeachment,” Trump tweeted.
“He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY. Such lies about him. They want to scare him into turning Liberal!”
The authors say that at least seven people heard about the Yale incident long before Kavanaugh was a federal judge.
Kavanaugh first came into public view when he was also dealing with other sexual misconduct allegations from Christine Blasey Ford.
Ahead of a controversial judging which allowed him to resume the role of Supreme Court Justice, Ford testified before Congress that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 1980s.
Senator Kamala Harris tweeted that Kavanaugh had “lied to the US Senate” and “must be impeached”.
Republican Senator Ted Cruz dismissed the new allegation, however, as “the obsession with the far left with trying to smear Justice Kavanaugh by going 30 years back with anonymous sources”.