Hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser still on despite new allegations

Hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser still on despite new allegations

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is now facing several allegations of sexual misconduct from the 1980s - all of which he denies.

In a three-page sworn declaration, Julie Swetnick of Washington, D.C., says she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s".

Mr. Kavanaugh responded that he does not know Ms. Swetnick and that the story is "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

Swetnick is the third woman to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.

Ms Ford will testify first at the hearing, which starts at 10am (3pm United Kingdom time) and at her request is being held in a small hearing room that seats only a few dozen spectators.

Avenatti, the lawyer who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels, has made it clear he is exploring a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced it scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday - a day after Ford's testimony.

So far the White House and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have declined to ask for the FBI to investigate the decades-old allegations against Kavanaugh - all of which the federal appeals cour judge has denied.

"In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these "gang" or "train" rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present", she said, mentioning the name of a close friend of Mr Kavanaugh.

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On Wednesday, Mr Trump said he was open to pulling his nomination for Judge Kavanaugh if he found the evidence against him convincing.

Dr. Ford's allegation dates back more than 36 years, to a party that she says occurred during our time in high school.

Two affidavits, from Ford's husband Russell Ford and from the coach of their son's baseball team, say Ford named Kavanaugh as the alleged assailant.

"It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court", Ms Ford, a California psychology professor, is to tell the senators.

Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh behave as a "mean drunk" at parties they both attended growing up in suburban Maryland. "For a very long time, I was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone the details", she says. I am here this morning to answer these allegations and to tell the truth.

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

"We are at just a hard place because the conversation is not rational on either side", she said.

More Americans believe Brett Kavanaugh's accuser rather than him in regards to the sexual assault allegations, according to a new poll. He said the Senate minority leader "and his buddies are in there laughing" at the Kavanaugh mess. Sheldon Whitehouse that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman the resident described as a "close acquaintance" in August 1985.

In a rare solo press conference, US President Donald Trump called the allegations levelled against Kavanaugh as a "big fat con job" orchestrated by Democrats.

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