28 September, 2018
Kavanaugh is being challenged on multiple fronts by his accusers, former classmates and college friends. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", he said.
Dr Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they were both high school students in Maryland. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically.
He is expected to testify later in the day and has steadfastly denied the allegations of sexual misconduct made by Blasey Ford and two other women. "And no, I've never done anything like that". You know why? Because I've had a lot of charges made against me.
"Such grotesque and obvious character assassination - if allowed to succeed - will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country", Kavanaugh, Trump's second high court nominee, said in a statement released ahead of Thursday's planned Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
Anita Hill Says Kavanaugh Accuser Hearing 'Cannot Be Fair'
Ford and Judge Kavanaugh to be heard, so I want a process with decorum and fairness", she told ABC News . Denying the allegations against him, he vowed that he won't be "pushed out" of the confirmation process.
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It would be similar to Trump's planned wall across the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. A wall across the Sahara would probably also involve building through several sovereign nations.
Kavanaugh Vote Faces Potential Delay As GOP Plans Investigation Of Assault Claims
Even if Democrats peel off the one Republican vote to not recommend Kavanaugh to the full Senate, Republicans have another option. He said the normal process for digesting late-breaking information would involve phone calls with "at least" Kavanaugh and Ford.
Ford was seated at a table in the packed hearing room flanked by her lawyers, facing a bank of senators. According to Trump, Senate Democrats, who he said would be attacking and opposing Kavanaugh even if the Federal Bureau of Investigation had cleared his name. While he declined to weigh in on whether Kavanaugh was fit for the nation's highest court, the governor said his accusers "deserve to be heard". He said many people have been asking him if the vote will take place Friday.
Avenatti, Swetnick's lawyer, is the attorney for Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump more than a decade ago. "Nor did we ever observe Brett engaging in any conduct resembling that described in Ms. Swetnick's declaration", the letter says, calling her accusations "nonsense".
Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she ran into Judge at the Potomac Village Safeway where he worked six to eight weeks after she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while Judge watched.
On the eve of her testimony, an examination taken by Ford on August 7 was released, showing that she passed a polygraph test over the sexual assault allegations. "I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking", she said in the statement. "When I see it, I view it differently than someone sitting home watching television where they say, 'Oh, Judge Kavanaugh this and that'". She said she is "100 percent" certain.
Since Ford's allegation surfaced, two other women have come forward alleging sexual misconduct by the judge.
On his message for young men, Mr Trump said: "It's a very unsafe period in our country, and it's being perpetrated by some very evil people".