Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces fresh allegations

Geraldine Edwards
September 28, 2018

A committee vote to confirm Kavanaugh is tentativelyscheduled for Friday.

Julie Swetnick, represented by celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, came forward on Wednesday with a signed declaration claiming she witnessed a teenage Kavanaugh and his friends spike the drinks of girls at parties to facilitate their "gang rape" by a "train" of men. "This is what has terrified me the most", she said.

Grassley has cut Mitchell off to tell her it's the Democrats' turn for questioning, which isn't exactly helping the optics goal of bringing in Mitchell in the first place - to avoid awkward moments from the male Republicans. Judge was a high school classmate of Kavanaugh.

The US President has also a couple of times asserted the allegations are false. "I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one's pawn".

"I tried to yell for help", Christine Blasey Ford will tell United States lawmakers, according to prepared testimony that she will deliver at a high-profile hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The tension between these two dynamics has been at times been broken by exchanges with Blasey Ford about the mechanics of the hearing.

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The previously unknown interviews could add a new layer to the evolving saga on the eve of a possible explosive hearing between Kavanaugh and Ford, though it's unknown whether the men's claims are being taken seriously.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by a third woman.

The ad reads in part: "As men who are allies in the fight to end violence and harassment against women and girls, we write to express our strong support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for her willingness to speak out publicly and testify before the Senate about the sexual assault that she says was perpetrated against her by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh".

He said he feels that Republicans on the committee were "ambushed" by Democrats, who were "lying in wait" to politicize the issue and turn the hearing into a spectacle.

"He is asking for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court where he will have the opportunity to rule on matters that will impact Americans for decades", the 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a letter to the president.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to be questioned by senators on the committee and a career prosecutor enlisted by the Republican majority. And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone-not in high school, not in college, not ever.

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The one woman who will have been in Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's shoes as she testifies on Thursday said that the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, as it is now organized, "cannot be fair and thorough".

She also said Mr Kavanaugh was present at a 1982 party at which she was raped. Her statement accuses Kavanaugh of "highly inappropriate" conduct which included being "overly aggressive with girls" and being a "mean drunk" who made jokes "designed to demean, humiliate and embarrass" women.

"There is strength in numbers", she said.

The affidavit said she has clearances to work with multiple federal agencies, including the Treasury Department.

Earlier in her hearing, Ford accused Judge of aiding and participating in the assault. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically.

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