Initially thought to be an easy process in a Republican-controlled House and Senate, the confirmation of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is looking increasingly less likely. So far, two different women from Kavanaugh's past have submitted allegations of sexual impropriety while they attended high school and college with him, and attorney Michael Avenatti, the firebrand who succeeded in exposing Michael Cohen's involvement in campaign finance violations, claims to have a third accuser waiting in the wings, according to a timeline compiled by USA Today.
Republican lawmakers are, by and large, taking the claims of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford somewhat seriously, with a hearing scheduled for Thursday, September 27, when both Ford and Kavanaugh will be able to state their positions with no time limit and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle will be given five minutes each to ask questions of Ford. However, the second accuser, Boulder-based Deborah Ramirez, has been largely dismissed by the Republican leadership, and President Trump has openly attacked Ramirez. Ramirez attorney John Clune told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Wednesday night that despite having a call set up with bipartisan leadership earlier in the day to discuss his client's claims and how they could be heard before the confirmation vote, the only people present for the call were Democratic lawmakers. Republican leadership chose to skip the call entirely.