The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing allegations by a third woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, a panel spokesman said Wednesday, in yet another potential blow to his prospects for Senate confirmation. According to his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh plans to tell senators that he "said and did things in high school that make me cringe now" - but that he "never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes".
Sen. Jeff Flake is an undecided Republican on the Judiciary Committee who is retiring and has made an enemy of Trump. Grassley cut in to say that he had planned to introduce Ford himself after Feinstein said that she wanted to make sure that that Ford was "properly introduced" before testifying.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.
"I have to believe that they are", Scott said Thursday.
Kavanaugh denied having a "sexual or physical encounter of any kind" with Ford.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, said in her opening statement that sexual violence is a serious problem in the United States "and one that goes largely unseen". Kavanaugh, she said, pinned her to a bed and muffled her cries as he tried to pull off her clothes, before she fought him off and escaped. A vote in the full Senate could happen as early as next Tuesday, senior Senate Republicans have said. Hill did not say it had to be the Federal Bureau of Investigation - as many Democrats and Ford herself have called for - Hill did say it needed to be a "neutral body".
"The details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget".
Each senator will be allowed up to five minutes to ask questions of the two.
"I was not ideal in those days, just as I am not flawless today", Kavanaugh will state. But here is where we are: "You take this one step at a time", Grassley said.
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In her statement, Swetnick alleged that she witnessed attempts by Kavanaugh and his Georgetown Prep classmate, Mark Judge, to get teenage girls "inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys". She said she herself had been the victim of a gang rape in 1982 during a party that Kavanaugh attended.
"And he's been treated very unfairly by the Democrats", Trump said Wednesday.
Kavanaugh has said he categorically denies ever sexually assaulting anyone.
"I tried to yell for help", Ford testified.
He said he wished the committee had more time to investigate the allegations, and that it's the Democrats' fault that they don't. KTVU has not had a chance to speak with Swetnick or vet her claims, other than reading her declaration.
"I lament how this hearing has come about", he added, noting that Ford's allegations emerged only after Kavanaugh's original confirmation hearing earlier this month was over. Despite Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's forecast that Republicans will win, Mr Kavanaugh's fate remains uncertain in a chamber where Republicans have a scant 51-49 majority. Both Kavanaugh and Ford attended high school in Montgomery County, although they attended private schools.
Deborah Ramirez, from Colorado, revealed in an interview published in The New Yorker magazine on September 23 that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken encounter at a dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year when they were both students at Yale University.