Hearing with Kavanaugh, accuser still on despite new allegations

Third woman accuses US Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Third woman accuses US Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Ford's accusations were followed by allegations by Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm party at Yale University when they were both students there. He said of the allegations by her and others, "If I thought he was guilty of something like this. yeah, sure".

Ford attorneys sent the Judiciary Committee a report on an August 8 lie-detector test she took on her allegations that states her answers were "not indicative of deception".

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation. "That kind of depends upon what happens tomorrow", Grassley said.

President Donald Trump dismissed the latest accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as "drunk" and "messed up" on Tuesday, as Republicans prepared for a potentially explosive hearing over the judge's suitability.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied misconduct.

Chairman Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley left open the possibility that the committee may not vote Friday to advance the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as previously planned.

Timing is critical. Kavanaugh would be likely to cement a conservative tilt to the Supreme Court for years to come, but that could be thrown into doubt if he cannot be confirmed before November elections that might swing Senate control to the Democrats.

After Kavanaugh appeared on Fox News to plead his case Monday, Trump expressed concerns that he did not defend himself more vigorously. Republicans, therefore, are anxious to get to the climactic vote, while Democrats insist there should be a time-out to investigate the women's allegations.

Swetnick, 55, who lives in Washington, D.C., said she graduated from Gaithersburg High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. And I suspect that the longer that this hangs out there, the more, the more accusations will occur.

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That would be before the other accusations have been fully investigated. Despite Mr McConnell's forecast that Republicans will "win", Mr Kavanaugh's fate remains uncertain in a chamber where Republicans have a scant 51-49 majority.

Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters Wednesday, "We can look at these allegations and we can determine whether they are valid or whether they are serious or not".

Republicans said they were determined to push the nomination through the narrowly-divided Senate as soon as possible, rejecting Democratic calls to freeze the process to let the FBI investigate all of the allegations.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to the latest allegations by calling on Republicans to "immediately suspend the proceedings related" to the nomination and saying that he believes Kavanaugh "should withdraw from consideration".

Swetnick said she was a victim of one of the gang rapes, but she did not allege that Kavanaugh or Judge attacked her. "These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh".

Those documents could have weight because people who Ford has said were at the party she's described have not corroborated her account. "I can't tell you. Do you mind telling me so I can read about him?"

At least four Republican senators, including two women who have been outspoken against sexual abuse, have withheld judgment, acknowledging the potential validity of Blasey Ford's allegation despite the amount of time that has passed and the paucity of hard evidence.

Given that the Judiciary Committee's GOP members are all male, Mr McConnell said the panel was hiring a "female assistant" to handle the questioning for Republicans "in a respectful and professional way".

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