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US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault are called to testify separately in the Senate, pushing back a key vote in the judge's confirmation process.

Politico congressional reporter Burgess Everett reported the summary from the Judiciary Committee, which stated: "Committee staff have a second interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in the summer of 1982 that is the basis of her allegation".

The declarations, first reported by USA Today, include signed documents from Christine Blasey Ford's husband and three friends that her lawyers sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford broke her silence after 36 years, telling senators she originally wished to remain anonymous but once her story became public, she believed it was her "civic duty" to come forward.

After hearing from leading Republican and Democrat members, Ford made her opening sentence. She said in her statement that there are two witnesses who can attest to her account, but she has not identified them publicly.

"It is offensive that in purporting to stand by a Supreme Court nominee who has been accused of sexual assault, Mr. Trump has chosen once again to defame and attack women, including our client, who had the courage to come forward to tell the truth about his own unwanted assaultive behavior", said Mariann Wang.

Grassley is in a tough spot, as then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden (D-Del.) could tell you of his time leading the Thomas hearings.

There's not much doubt what Kavanaugh will say about Ford.

In a statement, Mr Kavanaugh said: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

Ford went public with her allegations against Kavanaugh on September 16, after Sen. "But if you want to introduce her, I'd be glad to have you do that, but I want you to know I didn't forget to do that because I would do that just as she was about to speak".

Michael Avenatti has followed through on a promise to name a third woman with misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but the timing before Thursday's confirmation vote has been slammed as political.

President Donald Trump, who is in NY attending the annual UN General Assembly session, came out in support of his Supreme Court nominee and slammed Avenatti.

According to the poll, 83 percent of Republicans said they supported Kavanaugh, compared to the 9 percent of Democrats in support of him.

"You can't let your guard down", Rackes said.

"Maybe they're going to be a little less pointed" - in lieu of asking questions, Republicans on the committee have hired a prosecutor, she added.

The decision to tap Mitchell comes as Republican senators insist that their committee staffers can handle an investigation that Democrats and Kavanaugh's accusers have said the FBI should be conducting. "It's happened to me many times".

Trump chose Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired effective in July.


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