Brett Kavanaugh. Reuters
US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has said he would not step aside after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct decades ago, with President Donald Trump and fellow Republicans showing no signs of relenting in their push for his Senate confirmation.

“The truth is, I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise,” Kavanaugh said in an interview on Fox News Channel’s The Story with Martha MacCallum.

The allegations, dating back to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh’s chances of winning confirmation to the top US court in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump’s party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away.

Confirmation of the federal appeals court judge for the lifetime job would cement conservative control of the supreme court and advance Trump’s goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault in 1982. w

Ford, a psychology professor, said Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15, when they were high school pupils in Maryland.

“I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” Kavanaugh said in the Fox News interview.

He said he was not present at a party like the one described by Ford and noted that others Ford said were at the gathering had no recollection of it. “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,” Kavanaugh said.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.

Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party. Reuters