Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces fresh allegations

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces fresh allegations

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have scheduled a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court bid, less than 24 hours after the committee is scheduled to hear testimony from a woman who alleges he sexually assaulted her.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual and physical assault during their high school years at a party in the early 1980s.

"Swetnick said she had witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh to "'target' particular girls so they could be taken advantage of". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

In a declaration statement posted on Twitter by her lawyer Michael Avenatti, Julie Swetnick became the third woman to make sexual misconduct allegations against Mr Kavanaugh since Donald Trump nominated him in July.

"You're a disgusting excuse for a human being, and I don't know how you can live with yourself", one caller said to a member of Grassley's staff who was answering calls.

The top Senate Republican predicted that after this week's hearing, Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the full Senate.

Lawyers for accuser Christine Blasey Ford said the documents were signed by Ford's husband, who said she first told him about the alleged assault during a couple's therapy session in 2012.

"I was not at the party described", Mr Kavanaugh said.

During the free-wheeling news conference, Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Kavanaugh politically motivated. Susan Collins, is considered one of few possible GOP votes that could derail a Kavanaugh nomination if it comes to the Senate floor.

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Trump said he was fine with the request and asked Acosta to continue his questioning.

The allegations have risked endangering Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation in the Senate, which Trump's fellow Republicans control by a narrow 51-49 margin.

In a letter to the President on Wednesday, all 10 Democratic senators on the panel called on Trump to either "immediately withdraw" the Kavanaugh nomination "or direct the FBI to re-open its background investigation and thoroughly examine the multiple allegations" that the nominee now faces.

"I likewise observed him be verbally abusive towards girls by making crude sexual comments to them that were created to demean, humiliate and embarrass them", she said.

- President Donald Trump said he would have pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination through the Senate two weeks ago if he were responsible for the proceedings.

And the president said he's had much experience with false accusations.

"We are now in a place where it's not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified", Murkowski told the New York Times on Monday "It is about whether or not a woman who has been a victim at some point in her life is to be believed".

When asked if Kavanaugh's confirmation process in the Senate should be delayed or halted to investigate the new allegations, Graham responded, "absolutely not".

Christine Blasey Ford accused a drunken Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were teenagers at a house party. That's even as Thursday's showdown hearing approaches. Avenatti also represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a sexual encounter with Trump and was paid by Trump's lawyer to remain quiet just ahead of Election Day in 2016.

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