Ford recounts ‘laughter’ in alleged Kavanaugh sexual attack

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Kavanaugh's testimony will follow Ford's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Kavanaugh nomination has turned into a political firestorm ahead of congressional elections and is threatening to derail Trump's push to get a conservative-minded majority on the court ahead of the November vote.

"I have to believe that they are", Scott said Thursday.

Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself and caused her to touch his penis at a party when both were Yale freshmen.

"I can always be convinced", Trump said on the eve of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring one of Kavanaugh's accusers.

Supreme Court appointments must be confirmed by the Senate, and Mr Trump's fellow Republicans control the chamber by a narrow 51-49 margin.

She then described a summertime party. "[Unnamed] reported that early on a Sunday morning in August of 1985, a close acquaintance of the constituent was sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark". "And I believe that's why they should take the time necessary to fully contemplate that". Dianne Feinstein and Rachel Mitchell, the attorney hired by the GOP to question Ford.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Avenatti said he would not provide additional details about Swetnick's allegation, saying they want to see an FBI investigation.

However, she said that "biological predispositions" could have intensified her symptoms, but that she had never experienced anything as "striking" as the alleged assault that would contribute to the symptoms.

"I witnessed Brett Kavanaugh consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s", Swetnick says in her statement, which she signed under penalty of perjury.

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Kavanaugh was handpicked by Donald Trump for the lifelong post on the Supreme Court, and has continued to enjoy the president's steadfast backing despite the allegations against him.

Swetnick said she was "incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me".

"I've had a lot of false charges made against me", he said.

Kavanaugh has denied all other allegations.

She also said the format of Thursday's hearing would not allow the general public to understand the significance of the accusations - and Kavanaugh's response to them.

"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", he said in a statement.

Ford and Kavanaugh will appear separately before the 21-member Senate panel, comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", Kavanaugh said in a statement issued through the White House.

But after more allegations emerged, some Republican senators have admitted that much is riding on his performance.

In the transcript released Wednesday, Kavanaugh denied an allegation that he assaulted a woman he was dating in 1998 while working for independent counsel Ken Starr that investigators said stemmed from an anonymous complaint sent to Colorado GOP Sen. Hanafin noted in the report that two other polygraph tests were conducted, and both indicated that Dr. Ford was not lying.

Trump dismissed the allegations against Kavanaugh as a "big fat con job" orchestrated by Democrats.

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