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WASHINGTON-Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens, on Wednesday morning released four affidavits from people she said she told about the incident in prior years.

Republicans have rejected any further delays in the confirmation process, scheduling a judiciary committee vote for Friday, which will be followed by consideration by the full Senate.

But despite laying the groundwork for a vote, Republican leaders still can not count on holding their majority.

The hearing, in which Kavanaugh and Ford, a Palo Alto, Calif., professor, will address the committee separately, comes as a third accuser said she was a victim of a gang rape orchestrated in part by Kavanaugh.

McConnell noted that "it's not uncommon" for staff instead of senators to pose the questions, noting that then-aide and later Sen.

The Republican majority on the committee, who are all males, have selected Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona sex crimes prosecutor, to question Ford and Kavanaugh.

"She said she's not the one to answer if it's time for the FBI to investigate these allegations", Borger said of Murkowski.

"That's totally false and outrageous", he told Fox News on Monday.

She has said he forced her into a room at a high school party, held her on a bed and tried removing her clothes as he muffled her mouth with his hands. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused him of exposing himself during a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University. Kavanaugh has not yet responded to the newest allegation.

"Allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously". After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney", she felt confident enough to go public, the report said.

"'Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court justice because of that.' This is a con game being played by the Democrats", he said.

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Trump, who himself faced allegations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 presidential campaign, again accused Democrats of "a con game" and praised how Republicans have handled Ford's allegation.

Trump attacked Ramirez on Tuesday, saying she admitted to being drunk and he raged against a "con game" Democrats are playing with the confirmation process for his Supreme Court nominee.

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

The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding 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.

"If our Republican colleagues proceed without an investigation, it would be a travesty for the honour of the Supreme Court and our country", Schumer said in a statement.

From May to August that year, Kavanaugh, 17 at the time, included more than what many kids his age may have included on their calendar.

Ford's emailed response: "Brett Kavanaugh".

So it's odd that McConnell would call her a mere "female assistant".

On Monday, Trump called the accusations among "the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything".

During at least three weekends in May, Judge Kavanaugh notes that he was grounded. But one said he had no recollection of the incident. (Any of the GOP senators on the panel could decide to do their own questioning; it's not clear that any will.) On the Democratic side, the 10 members of the panel will do their own questioning of the witnesses.

"Brett Kavanaugh", she replied.