Kavanaugh Defends Himself, Says He Was a Virgin in High School
27 September, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Essie Rivera
There was no immediate response by the committee to the AP's request for comment. "She doesn't know if it was him but it might have him".
The most explosive of Swetnick's allegations, though, is a claim that she witnessed efforts by Judge, Kavanaugh "and others to "target" particular girls" using spiked punch "so they could be taken advantage of".
"She then told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen", White recalled in the document. "During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now", he added. He said he considered both of Kavanaugh's accusers to be politically motivated.
"It's just a game to them, but it's a very unsafe game for our country", Trump said. Ford and Kavanaugh, students at separate private high schools in Maryland, both attended a party when she was 15 and he was 17, according to her account.
Ford went public with her story, and her name, in The Washington Post.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, meaning Kavanaugh's confirmation prospects may hinge on the votes of a handful of moderate Republican senators who have not yet announced their intentions, They include Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.
Women voters already favor Democrats over Republicans ahead of November's elections, so the party can ill afford to seen as further traumatizing Ford.
The allegations represent the latest development in the pitched battle in the Senate over whether to confirm Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump in July, for a lifetime job on the top US court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., angrily accused Democrats of slinging "all the mud they could manufacture" and promised a full Senate vote soon, but specified no date. Russell Wheeler, an expert on the judicial selection process at the Brookings Institution, said he was unaware of a similar media interview by a Supreme Court nominee in the past 100 years.
All 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee also urged Kavanaugh to withdraw if the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not investigate the allegations.
The identity of the lawyer - who will question Ford and Kavanaugh - is expected to be disclosed Thursday morning before the hearing, and her time for questioning will be equal to what the committee Democrats get.
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The Alaska senator, who still hasn't decided how she'll vote on Ford's nomination, told CNN on Friday she plans to wait until after Thursday's testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh before deciding whether to back his nomination. Yet the undeclared bloc of Democratic senators could be a problem for Democratic leaders, who want to put the weight of the nomination entirely on a handful of holdout Republicans.
"She said that in high school she had been trapped in a room and physically restrained by one boy who was molesting her while another boy watched", his statement says.
He said he did not question that perhaps Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted but said "what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone".
In a third affidavit, Adela Gildo-Mazzon, a friend of more than a decade, said Ford first told her about the assault in June, 2013.
Ford's accusations prompted a second woman to come forward with an accusation of inappropriate sexual behavior against Kavanaugh. Ramirez accused Kavanaugh in an article published on Sunday in the New Yorker magazine of exposing himself to her at a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusation.
Kavanaugh said the allegations would not cause him to withdraw from the confirmation process.
"I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends".
He said he "did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".
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Even after Feinstein sent the allegation to the FBI, Senate Democrats weren't littering the news with calls to denounce Kavanaugh. She said she was at a party with other teenagers at a home close to a country club where she spent time during the summer.
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