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Kavanaugh said the allegations would not cause him to withdraw from the confirmation process.

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women, putting his nomination for the high court at risk. The AP has not been able to corroborate them, and continues to investigate.

Mocking her account, Trump said, "She said, 'Well, it might not be him, and there were gaps, ' and she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up and she doesn't know it was him, but it might have been him".

All 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are men (as are six of the 10 Democrats).

Indeed, even Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) implied that Republicans had hired someone else so that they wouldn't be shown on television screwing up.

Women voters already favor Democrats over Republicans ahead of November's elections, so the party can ill afford to seen as further traumatizing Ford.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford", Kavanaugh will say.

She says she was the victim of a gang rape in 1982 at a party attended by the judge. Kavanaugh painted himself in the Fox News appearance as an innocent in high school, chaste and un-involved in the debauchery and alcohol-infused culture his classmates recall.

Adela Gildo-Mazzon states in her sworn affidavit that Ford told her the story about the assault, but did not mention Kavanaugh's name, when the two met at a Mountain View, California, restaurant in June 2013.

Ford's story emerged September 13, a week before the committee was to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, when the ranking member, Democratic Sen.

USA Today obtained and published five pages that the Kavanaugh team submitted Tuesday night.

Kavanaugh released a statement denying the new charges.

An attorney for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says there is no dispute that he drank in high school and college.

The copies are from the summer of 1982, the time when Christine Blasey Ford vaguely says she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a house party in Maryland.

A Pennsylvania judge has sentenced comedian Bill Cosby to 3 to 10 years in prison for aggravated indecent assault, labeling him a "sexually violent predator".

President Trump also defending his Supreme Court nominee and criticizing Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Kavanaugh's latest accuser, writing on Twitter, "Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh". Murkowski told reporters: "We have kind of moved beyond the qualifications of the nominee, and it has become more about whether or not women who have been subject to any form of assault, violence, intimidation are to (be) believed". Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on Monday suggested a potential committee vote as early as this week, but deferred an official announcement to Grassley.

After Avenatti shared the allegations, a spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed they were looking in to the claims. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement the objective is to "de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns". "I'm confident we are going to win", McConnell said, adding the vote would come "in the very near future".

Trump described Kavanaugh as a "gem" who had been unfairly maligned. It's a con. They went into a back room and talked with each other and they laugh at what they're getting away with. The decision drew criticism from Democrats, whose 10 committee members include four women, given that senators typically do the questioning themselves.

Senate Republicans have chosen Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor in Maricopa County, Arizona, to conduct the questioning, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed Republican aide.

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