Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has turned over his calendar from four months in 1982 to Senate investigators as he fights back against accuser Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that he sexually assaulted her that summer.
Now we have the most shocking allegation yet, courtesy of Michael Avenatti, known to the world as Stormy Daniels's lawyer.
Speaking to reporters at the United Nations this morning, President Trump said about Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, "They could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago and you would not be talking about it now, which is frankly what I would have preferred, but they didn't do that".
He also suggested that he was working with the Senate Judiciary Committee to determine the appropriate way to proceed.
"I have firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room", he said. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", Kavanaugh said in a statement issued through the White House.
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Democrats demanded that the Judiciary Committee hear from her and again from Judge Kavanaugh.
"Republicans need to immediately suspend the proceedings related to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, and the president must order the FBI to reopen the background check investigation", the New York Democrat said in a statement.
The president then predicted Thursday's appearance of Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, before the Senate Judiciary Committee would be "a very, very important day in the history of our country".
"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford", Kavanaugh said in the statement. "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.
The latest allegation comes from a woman named Julie Swetnick, who attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland.
Prof Ford alleges Judge Kavanaugh tried to drunkenly remove her clothing, pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth at a high school party when she was 15 and he was 17.
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Attorney Avenatti tweeted a sworn testimony from the third accuser Swetnick.
The president said it "wouldn't have mattered" to Democrats "if the Federal Bureau of Investigation came back with the cleanest score" if they had investigated the veracity of the claims of sexual assault and more against Kavanaugh.
Two affidavits, from Ford's husband Russell Ford and from the coach of their son's baseball team, say Ford named Kavanaugh as the alleged assailant.
Kavanaugh also stands accused of exposing himself to a classmate, Deborah Ramirez, causing her to touch him without consent, during an alcohol-fueled Yale University party a few years later.
By the end of the press conference, though, Trump had returned to a defense of Kavanaugh and didn't respond to a question about what kind of signal he was sending to young men by possibly dismissing Kavanaugh's behavior.
They agreed to set the hearing for 10 a.m. on Thursday.
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Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the committee, emphasized that the scheduling was procedural and only for a "potential" vote "if we're ready". Supreme Court seemed a sure thing. The Senate now has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats. Rather, it is whether his denials are more believable than her allegations.
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