Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Misconduct Charges from 3rd Woman

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The Kavanaugh confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.

And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, of NY, jabbed GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, in unusually personal terms, saying he owed Ford an apology for labeling her allegations as a "smear job".

Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, spoke to media for the first time about the allegations in an interview with the Fox News Channel's Martha MacCallum on Monday.

The most explosive of Swetnick's allegations, though, is a claim that she witnessed efforts by Judge, Kavanaugh "and others to "target" particular girls" using spiked punch "so they could be taken advantage of".

"I think we'll all be here all weekend", said Sen. "Pray for Brett Kavanaugh and his family!"

Kavanaugh, 53, said on the conservative-friendly Fox News Channel that he wasn't questioning that his initial accuser, psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, may have been sexually assaulted in her life.

Ford and Kavanaugh are to testify Thursday about her allegations that Kavanaugh held her down, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth at a drunken high school party in the 1980s.

Regarding the new allegation, Grassley said, "we have had accusation after accusation after accusation".

"Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with Judge, who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh".

The declarations - from Ford's husband and three friends - do not provide direct corroboration of the alleged attack but suggest Ford shared details about her recollection in the years prior to Kavanaugh's nomination by President Trump on July 9. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk. I thought that knowledge of his actions could be useful for you and those in charge of choosing among the various candidates.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that nearly 6 in 10 Americans (58 percent) say they will be following the Senate Judiciary Committee proceeding closely or very closely. Ford says she eventually escaped.


Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of OR said Grassley's decision to go ahead with the hearing "sends a very powerful statement that women's voices in America really don't matter, that the evidence, the facts, all the things that may come to light tomorrow are secondary to just jamming this through".

"I'm a good person", Kavanaugh added.

The White House had no immediate comment.

US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4.

The move to bring in an outside attorney brought a rebuke from Senator Kamala Harris, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee.

In Wednesday's poll, 87 percent of Republicans say they approve of the job Trump is doing, up from 81 percent earlier this month.

The Republican-controlled committee, led by 11 men, on Tuesday said it had hired a female lawyer to question Ford.

"She then told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen", White continued.

But Ford says she got away. After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney", she felt confident enough to go public, the report said.

"I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter", Kavanaugh said. He also chastised his colleagues for politicizing the issue before hearing Ford and Kavanaugh testify.

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

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