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President Trump spent part of his day at the UN General Assembly saying Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser lacked credibility because she was drunk at the time of the incident, while a female Republican senator warned her colleagues against pushing through the nomination without seriously vetting the accusations.

Why it matters: Republicans have only one vote to spare, down from 52 after sexual misconduct allegations cost them a traditionally safe seat in Alabama.

  • Trump: "The second accuser has nothing. She thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not. She admits that she was drunk. She admits that there are time lapses... This is a con game being played by the Democrats."
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the N.Y. Times: "We are now in a place where it’s not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified... It is about whether or not a woman who has been a victim at some point in her life is to be believed."

What's next: The Senate Judiciary Committee has retained an unnamed female lawyer to handle the questioning on Thursday's hearings, Politico reports. All the Republicans on the committee are male.

  • Mitch McConnell to reporters today: "We’re going to be moving forward. I’m confident we’re going to win, confident that he’ll be confirmed in the very near future."

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