Attorney names third Kavanaugh accuser ahead of Senate hearing

Posted September 30, 2018

The Republican-held Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that it would vote on Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Friday, one day after a hearing to determine the credibility of his sexual misconduct allegations.

In a sworn statement, she said she witnessed Mr Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s".

Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told reporters Wednesday that while they are investigating the new allegation, there will not be a delay of the prescheduled hearing, saying "tomorrow is very important".

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"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in a statement released this afternoon by the White House.

"I strongly believe Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration", Schumer said in a statement.

The new accuser, Julie Swetnick, was identified by her lawyer Michael Avenatti on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Other people who claim to have known about the assaults for years include Ford's husband, and a therapist who kept notes about it from a session she went to in 2012.

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She also claims he was verbally abusive toward women and that Judge, Kavanaugh, and others would spike drinks at these parties in order to cause women to "lose their inhibitions".

Mr Kavanaugh denies having a "sexual or physical encounter of any kind" with Ms Ford.

Further adding to the drama, the Judiciary Committee released parts of Kavanaugh's 1982 calender in an effort to discredit the allegations.

Attorney Avenatti tweeted a sworn testimony from the third accuser Swetnick.

Kavanaugh will testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The three joined Yale law professor Akhil Amar, who once taught Kavanaugh and who also publicly endorsed his qualifications for the Supreme Court, in their collective assertion that there should be an investigation.

"The Republicans could not be nicer, could not be more respectful to the process".

Judge's lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, said in a statement, "Mr. Judge vehemently denies the allegations contained in the Swetnick affidavit". Ford says she doesn't remember where or exactly when the assault took place.

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