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Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh is appointed to arise Thursday afore the Senate Judiciary Board at a high-stakes hearing. The board will apprehend from Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says Admiral Trump’s Supreme Cloister appointee ually assaulted her aback both were teenagers.
Lawmakers from both parties and attorneys for Kavanaugh and Ford maneuvered for advantage on the eve of the hearing, and Admiral Trump advised in on the fate of his appointee as a new accuser came forward.
7:00 p.m.: Kavanaugh angrily denies accusations in interviews with Senate staff
In interviews with agents of the Senate Judiciary Board this week, Kavanaugh denied every acutely abundant allegation levied adjoin him by two women who accept accused him of animal misconduct.
He additionally angrily denied two new and counterfeit allegations that were anesthetized on to the board by senators.
“This is crazy town. It’s a apply campaign,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s aggravating to booty me down, aggravating to booty bottomward my family.”
According to transcripts of interviews appear Wednesday, Kavanaugh flatly denied Ford’s annual that he affected himself on her at a activity in aerial academy and Deborah Ramirez’s annual that he apparent himself at a activity aback they were freshmen at Yale University.
Committee staffers interviewed Kavanaugh on Sept. 17 and afresh on Sept. 25, two canicule afterwards the New Yorker appear a adventure about Ramirez.
Kavanaugh additionally denied that he alternate in or was attestant to assemblage rape, which advocate Michael Avenatti had hinted at in communications with board staff. On Wednesday, Avenatti beatific a affirmation acknowledgment from his client, Julie Swetnick, to the committee, alleging that Kavanaugh targeted women with booze during aerial academy and was present aback women were raped by assorted boys.
“That is false. I’ve never alternate in assemblage rape,” Kavanaugh said. “I anticipate it’s absurd, outrageous, a joke, a farce, the Twilight Zone.”
Committee agents asked Kavanaugh catechism afterwards acute catechism affecting on every detail in Ford’s and Ramirez’s accounts, and Kavanaugh angrily denied every detail. At times, he articulate affronted and affronted about the accusations, anecdotic them as an “orrated hit to booty me out.”
“It’s not adapted for bodies to be dredging up bottomless belief and aggravating to brace added people’s recollections and afresh stoke the media and actualize a agriculture aberration and abort my ancestors and abort my acceptability and booty me down,” he said. “This is not right. It’s an outrage.”
Kavanaugh accustomed alive Ford but said they didn’t biking in the aforementioned circles. He said he couldn’t aphorism out accessory a activity with her but does not recall. He additionally accustomed alive Mark Judge,who Ford declared was present in the allowance at the time of the attack. Kavanaugh said they were accompany in aerial academy and kept in blow “occasionally” afterwards that. “But I accept not been in blow with him in several years, putting a abeyant accumulation emails that assembly of my aerial academy chic ability accelerate out that would accommodate both of us.”
He said he does not bethink the activity declared by Ford. Asked whether he had any concrete encounters with Ford, Kavanaugh said: “I did not.”
The acknowledgment was the aforementioned aback he was asked whether he pushed Ford into a bedroom, bound the door, affianced her to a bed or groped her, put his duke over her aperture or approved to aish her clothing.
He said he abounding parties generally on Saturday nights and drank beer at those parties.
When asked whether he drank to the point he would atramentous out, he said, “No.”
“I did not do this,” he said of the beyond accusation. “I did not do this to Ms. Ford or anyone. I appetite to be complete and complete that I did not accomplish animal assault. That is not me. That was not me.”
Kavanaugh accustomed that he knew Ramirez in academy but flatly denied the allegation of animal misconduct. “That did not happen,” he said. He said he had had no animal or adventurous encounters with Ramirez and did not anamnesis actuality at the acquisition she described, breadth a baby accumulation of acceptance sat in a amphitheater arena a bubbler game.
Kavanaugh additionally denied an affirmation by addition above Yale classmate, James Roche, that he was frequently incoherently bashed in college. He said he spent his time at Yale absorption on belief adamantine abundant to get into Yale Law aloft graduation — “I formed my ass off” — and on basketball.
Clearly agitated about the growing allegations, Kavanaugh acicular to annual letters that Ramirez had declared friends, allurement them whether they remembered who had flashed his genitals at her in college.
Kavanaugh additionally denied two added allegations of animal delinquency that had not ahead been fabricated public.
He accurate activity about what the “smear campaign” adjoin him would beggarly for the approaching of the Supreme Cloister or for the alertness of others to serve on the court. “Who would appetite to go through this?” he said. “It’s aloof — it’s a disgrace.”
6:43 p.m.: Trump: Allegations of his own animal delinquency ‘absolutely’ affect how he angle Kavanaugh
President Trump said Wednesday that his own history of actuality accused of animal delinquency “absolutely” changes how he angle the allegations adjoin Kavanaugh, adage that these adventures with allege he has denied accept afflicted his angle on the issue.
“It does appulse my opinion,” said Trump, who has afresh questioned the believability of Kavanaugh’s accusers. “You apperceive why? Because I’ve had a lot of apocryphal allege fabricated adjoin me. I’m a actual acclaimed person, unfortunately.”
More than a dozen women accept accused Trump of delinquency over a aeon spanning decades, including allegations that he groped women on an airplane, in a bistro and at the club he owns in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. Trump, who has denied all of the allegations adjoin him and branded his accusers liars, has afresh sided with his allies and assembly aback they accept faced allege of misconduct, a annual that includes Kavanaugh, Senate applicant Roy Moore and above Fox Annual titans Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes.
Trump claimed on Wednesday that his accusers “got paid a lot of money to accomplish up belief about me,” allegedly apropos to a address in the Hill bi-weekly aftermost year that a advocate had approved to align advantage from abridged media outlets and donors for some women authoritative allegations.
Trump’s comments did not absolutely reflect the story, which said that Lisa Bloom, a California lawyer, had represented four women because authoritative accusations adjoin Trump, two of whom did allege out and two did not. Bloom said afterwards the adventure was appear that her close accustomed offers of banking support, including from donors, to advice with “the assurance of women who ability still appear forward.” She said an bearding Trump accuser had aloof from a planned annual arrangement afterwards accepting “multiple afterlife and abduction threats,” and added women who accept accused Trump, Kavanaugh and added men accept declared actuality addled and threatened.
In an email, Bloom absolved Trump’s claims as “ridiculous.”
“No one was paid to accomplish up belief about him,” she wrote.” My audience who batten out during the advance about Trump ually afflictive and assaulting them absent work, endured a battery of online abhorrence (which continues to this day), and had to relocate. Women who allege out about aerial contour men abusing them angle to lose everything, and they do it anyway, to annual all of us.”
Trump batten at breadth about his accusers during his freewheeling annual conference.
“I’ve had abundant accusations about me,” Trump said. “They fabricated apocryphal statements about me, alive they were false. I never met them. I never met these people.”
Many of the women who accept accused Trump offered acceptance in the anatomy of bodies they told at the time or not continued after. One of them was a Bodies annual anchorman who wrote about him, while addition woman was a adversary on “The Apprentice,” his absoluteness show.
Trump additionally appropriate that women accusing him and added high-profile bodies had ambiguous motives, saying: “People appetite fame. They appetite money. They appetite whatever. So aback I see [accusations], I actualization it abnormally than somebody sitting at home watching television.”
Some of the women who accept accused Trump accept accurately said they approved neither ballyhoo nor money, but instead believed they had a assignment to the country or their ancestors to allotment their stories. In ablaze of the #MeToo movement that began aftermost year, his accusers accept declared on Congress to investigate their claims.
Trump on Wednesday additionally downplayed the aggregate of accusations fabricated adjoin him, suggesting that it was alone four or bristles women aback the cardinal is added than bifold that. Eight of his accusers beforehand on Wednesday appear a collective annual calling Trump’s comments about the Kavanaugh accusations “beyond the anemic and absolutely defective credibility” and adage he was application the aforementioned access to action these new allege as he did with those fabricated adjoin him.
During the annual conference, one of the women who active that annual — Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of kissing her afresh at Trump Tower in 2005 and is now a Democratic applicant for a accompaniment arrangement in Ohio — responded to his claims in complete time, autograph on Twitter: “Nothing apocryphal about it. Misogynistic, lying men like you are absolutely why we charge a change in government & why I’m active for arrangement in Ohio.”
Trump claimed during the acclamation that he would sue the women accusing him, but afterwards he won the White House, he never filed a lawsuit. He is the accountable of one clothing stemming from the accusations and his response: Summer Zervos, a above “Apprentice” adversary who claimed Trump groped her, has sued him in New York accompaniment cloister over his affirmation that his accusers were all lying.
“It is abhorrent that in purporting to angle by a Supreme Cloister appointee who has been accused of animal assault, Mr. Trump has declared already afresh to asperse and advance women, including our client, who had the adventuresomeness to appear advanced to acquaint the accuracy about his own exceptionable assaultive behavior,” Zervos’s advocate said in a annual Wednesday.
5:55 p.m.: In able remarks, Ford says she’s ‘terrified’ to testify
Christine Blasey Ford affairs to acquaint the Senate Judiciary Board on Thursday that her memories of actuality assaulted by Brett M. Kavanaugh aback they were teenagers “have been seared into my anamnesis and accept apparitional me” into adulthood.
In her able affirmation for the appointed Senate hearing, Ford declared actuality “terrified” of actualization on Capitol Hill to altercate her allegations adjoin Kavanaugh, abacus that “apart from the advance itself, these aftermost brace of weeks accept been the hardest of my life.”
Ford says she has accustomed an access of abutment aback The Washington Post aboriginal appear her name and abundant her allegations, but she additionally says her “greatest fears accept been realized” and alike exceeded, anecdotic a beachcomber of aggravation and afterlife threats that affected her ancestors from their home.
“I accept had to bethink my agony in advanced of the complete world, and accept apparent my activity best afar by bodies on television, in the media, and in this anatomy who accept never met me or announced with me,” she says. “I accept been accused of acting out of accessory political motives. Those who say that do not apperceive me. I am a angrily complete actuality and I am no one’s pawn.”
Her motivation, she says, is alone to acquaint the senators about how Kavanaugh “damaged my life, so that you can booty that into austere application as you accomplish your accommodation about how to proceed.”
In her testimony, Ford says that she and Kavanaugh knew anniversary added and were at the aforementioned parties on assorted occasions, contradicting claims he fabricated beforehand in the week.
Ford said that her accumulation of accompany and Kavanaugh’s “intersected . . . for a abbreviate aeon of time” during her apprentice and green years of school. Ford says she was affable with an bearding acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s, which resulted in them accessory a cardinal of the aforementioned parties.
“We did not apperceive anniversary added well, but I knew him and he knew me,” she said.
During his annual Monday on Fox News, Kavanaugh had accustomed that, adage he did not bethink anytime actuality at a activity with Ford. He added: “I may accept met her, we did not biking in the aforementioned amusing circle, she was not a friend, not addition I knew.”
Ford calls the activity breadth she says the advance occurred apparently “a activation of the moment gathering,” adage that she did not bethink all of the capacity of the activity itself. But she does alarm some capacity of what happened, adage that she had one beer as allotment of a baby accumulation bubbler on the aboriginal attic of the house. Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, “were visibly drunk,” she says.
She additionally affairs to afresh alarm the declared assault: During the gathering, she says, addition pushed her into a bedchamber upstairs. Kavanaugh and Judge bound the aperture and angry up the music. She was pushed assimilate the bed, she says, and Kavanaugh “groped” her, “running his calmly all over my body.”
“I believed he was activity to abduction me,” she says. “I approved to bawl for help. Aback I did, Brett put his duke over my aperture to stop me from screaming. This was what abashed me the most, and has had the best abiding appulse on my life. It was adamantine for me to breathe, and I anticipation that Brett was accidentally activity to annihilate me.”
5:42 p.m.: Democrats ask to aish vote on Kavanaugh
In ablaze of a third accuser adjoin Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Board asked backward Wednesday that the Republican board administrator aish a planned Friday vote on the best and accompany their alarm for an FBI investigation.
“In ablaze of abominable new allegations abundant by Julie Swetnick in a affirmation affidavit, we address to appeal that the Board vote on Brett Kavanaugh be anon canceled and that you abutment the reopening of the FBI analysis to appraise all of the allegations adjoin Kavanaugh or abandonment of his nomination,” the senators wrote in a letter to the chairman, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).
The letter, appear at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, was active by all 10 Democrats on the board and cited the claims Julie Swetnick fabricated adjoin Kavanaugh beforehand in the day.
“The Senate Judiciary Board is not a cloister of law,” the Democrats wrote to Grassley. “Our job is not to actuate whether Brett Kavanaugh is accusable of a crime. Our job is to actuate whether Brett Kavanaugh has the actualization and abilities to be acknowledgment to the best celebrated and able cloister in the country. It would be an aberrant corruption of ability and abdication of our built-in responsibilities to move advanced with this best accustomed the apropos about Brett Kavanaugh’s actualization and actions.”
5:23 p.m.: Trump: ‘You apperceive what? I could be persuaded’
President Trump told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he could still be abiding to accept the women who accept accused Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh of animal misconduct.
“You apperceive what? I could be persuaded,” Trump said at a annual arrangement in New York. “I can’t acquaint you. I accept to watch tomorrow.”
Trump said he is not yet accustomed with the allegations of the third accuser, Julie Swetnick, whose name alike beforehand Wednesday. “I can acquaint you her advocate is a lowlife,” the admiral said, apropos to Michael Avenatti, who additionally represents Stormy Daniels, the developed blur brilliant who has declared accepting an activity with Trump.
Asked if his alertness to accept to the women’s belief agency there is a book in which he would abjure Kavanaugh’s nomination, Trump said: “If I anticipation he was accusable of article like this, yeah, sure.”
But Trump additionally said he believes that some of the accusations adjoin Kavanaugh are false, and he common that the accusations all-embracing represent a “con job” by Democrats gluttonous to derail the nomination.
He additionally dedicated Kavanaugh, calling him “one of the best admired bodies in Washington” and anecdotic what he considers his own, alongside experiences. “I’ve had a lot of apocryphal allege fabricated adjoin me,” he said. “I’m a actual acclaimed person, unfortunately.”
4:35 p.m.: Who is Julie Swetnick, the third Kavanaugh accuser?
Julie Swetnick, who Wednesday became the third woman to allege Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh of animal misconduct, is an accomplished web developer in the Washington breadth who has captivated assorted aegis clearances for her assignment on government-related networks.
The adolescent of two government bureaucrats — her ancestor formed on the lunar orbiter for NASA and her mother was a geologist at the Atomic Energy Commission — has spent best of her activity about Washington. Now 55, she grew up in Maryland and accelerating in 1980 from Gaithersburg Aerial School, amid in a far beneath flush area of the aforementioned canton breadth Kavanaugh lived and abounding an complete basic school.
Swetnick’s father, 95, said Wednesday he was abashed to apprentice from a Washington Post anchorman that his babe had fabricated the atomic allegations. She said in an affirmation that Kavanaugh was present at a abode activity in 1982 breadth she alleges she was the victim of a assemblage rape.
Kavanaugh anon issued a annual in response: “This is antic and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t apperceive who this is and this never happened.”
Read added about Swetnick here.
4:09 p.m.: Eight Trump accusers criticize the admiral for advancing Kavanaugh accusers
Eight women who accept accused Admiral Trump of animal delinquency criticized him Wednesday for his comments analytic the believability of the accusers of Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh, calling the president’s animadversion “beyond the anemic and absolutely defective credibility.”
In a collective statement, the women acicular to their own allegations adjoin Trump, all of which he has denied. Among the women who active their names to the annual are Rachel Crooks, who accused Trump of kissing her at Trump Tower in 2005; Samantha Holvey, who said Trump barged into the bathrobe allowance while she was a Miss USA contestant; and Jessica Leeds, who said Trump groped her on a alike three decades ago.
“We apperceive from claimed acquaintance that he is a consecutive animal harasser and abuser,” the women said in a annual appear by Brave New Films, a advanced accumulation that aftermost year created a abbreviate video highlighting the allegations fabricated adjoin the president.
“Trump has absolved our claims, aria about his conduct and attacked us. Now he’s painting with the aforementioned besom to deliver the Kavanaugh nomination. It’s a accepted move from his playbook.”
The women declared for a “full, complete investigation” of Kavanaugh’s behavior and said senators should not authority a vote on his best “until they accept all the facts.”
Earlier Wednesday, Trump declared the latest allegation from Julie Swetnick “ridiculous.” He beneath to acknowledgment a reporter’s catechism about whether he thinks all three Kavanaugh accusers are not cogent the truth.
“What’s your aing question?” he asked.
Trump’s access to accusations of animal advance has been the accountable of annual belief in contempo weeks, aback the absolution of adept announcer Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”
“You’ve got to deny, deny, abjure and advance aback on these women,” Trump said, according to Woodward’s book. Woodward is an accessory editor at The Post. “If you accept to annihilation and any culpability, afresh you’re dead.”
3:16 p.m.: Senate Republicans said they will amusement Swetnick’s allegation the aforementioned as the aboriginal two accusations
The Senate Judiciary Board has arrive Julie Swetnick, the third woman to allege Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh of animal misconduct, to accomplish a affirmation statement.
“We did the aforementioned activity with Dr. Ford, we did the aforementioned activity with Ms. Ramirez. We’ll do aforementioned activity with Mr. Avenatti’s client,” Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) told The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, the administrator of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), tweeted that 20 board are at work, “tracking bottomward all allegations/leads & talking to all assemblage & acquisition all evidence.” He said “seasoned aldermanic investigators, acting agents brought on for the best as able-bodied as “experienced fed agents” on accommodation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are on the case.
Kennedy, additionally a affiliate of the committee, did not accomplish to the charge for a added hearing, but said a annual and an annual charge appear first. He additionally declared the audition action as “surreal,” “hijacked” and “political as hell” afore adding: “This is no country for awful adolescent men, awful old men or awful average age-old men. But this additionally no country to abjure bodies due process.”
2:52 p.m.: Lindsey Graham: If Swetnick were a ‘true victim,’ she wouldn’t accept assassin advocate Michael Avenatti
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, a key accessory of Admiral Trump who sits on the Judiciary Committee, absolved the latest allegation from Julie Swetnick and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti. Swetnick said in an affirmation appear Wednesday that Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh was physically calumniating adjoin girls in aerial academy and present at a abode activity in 1982 breadth she says she was raped by assorted boys. Swetnick is the third accuser to appear advanced alleging animal delinquency by Kavanaugh.
“If I were a accurate victim, the aftermost actuality I would go to is Michael Avenatti,” Graham said. He said he begin it adamantine to accept that “any animal being” would apperceive about a ability of assemblage abduction as agitated as that declared in Swetnick’s affirmation and “not say anything.”
Graham additionally told reporters: “If you’re activity to parties breadth women are actuality raped for a two-year period, you accept an obligation to go acquaint the cops, I absolutely accept that.”
“You apperceive what I acclaim we do? We booty her allegation and accord it to the Maryland accompaniment police. This is a crime. They’re accusing him of actuality Bill Cosby as a adolescent man.”
2:10 p.m.: Trump declines to say whether all three accusers are lying
President Trump advised in some added on the latest allegations adjoin Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh during a mutual activity with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
In advanced of a White Abode columnist basin in a activity allowance of the Palace Hotel, Trump declared the latest allegation “ridiculous” and common his antipathy for the new accuser’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, calling him a “lowlife.”
“People are astute to it,” the admiral said of his actualization that the accusations are allotment of a Democratic smear. Democrats “are bringing bodies out of the woods. They could do that to anybody — except Prime Minister Abe, because he’s so pure.”
Trump abandoned a reporter’s catechism about whether he believes all three women are lying.
“What’s your aing question?” he asked.
1:45 p.m.: Democrats on Judiciary alarm for Trump to abjure Kavanaugh
The 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Board on Wednesday asked Admiral Trump to abjure the best of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh afterwards a third woman accused him of animal delinquency decades ago.
The Democrats additionally declared for Trump to adjustment an FBI analysis into the declared behavior of his Supreme Cloister nominee.
“[Kavanaugh] is allurement for a lifetime arrangement to the nation’s accomplished cloister breadth he will accept the befalling to aphorism on affairs that will appulse Americans for decades,” the Democrats said in a statement. “The accepted of actualization and fettle for a position on the nation’s accomplished cloister charge be academy than this.”
“Judge Kavanaugh has adamantly declared his annual for women and issued complete denials of any accessible misconduct, but those declarations are in austere doubt,” the annual said.
1:20 p.m. Flake urges senators to admit altruism of Kavanaugh, accuser
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a key beat vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation, apprenticed his colleagues Wednesday afternoon to admit the altruism of the Supreme Cloister appointee and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who has accused him of animal assault.
“We sometimes assume absorbed on stripping bodies of their altruism so that we ability added calmly apathy or asperse them and put them through the grinder that our backroom requires,” Flake said during a accent on the Senate floor. “We seem, sometimes, to alike adore that.”
Flake, a common analyzer of Admiral Trump, additionally took the admiral to assignment for analytic the believability of Ford because she did not anon address the advance that she alleges took abode while she and Kavanaugh were in aerial school.
“I do not accept that a affirmation of animal advance is invalid because a 15-year-old babe didn’t promptly address the advance to the authorities, as the admiral of the United States said aloof two canicule ago,” Flake said. “How apprenticed and blah do you accept to be to say things like that, abundant beneath accept them? Do we accept any abstraction what affectionate of bulletin that sends, abnormally to adolescent women? How abounding times do we accept to marginalize and avoid women afore we apprentice that important lesson?”
12:50 p.m.: Trump attacks Avenatti as ‘a complete low-life!’
President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Michael Avenatti, the advocate apery a new accuser of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
“Avenatti is a third amount advocate who is acceptable at authoritative apocryphal accusations, like he did on me and like he is now accomplishing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Trump said in a tweet. “He is aloof attractive for absorption and doesn’t appetite bodies to attending at his accomplished almanac and relationships – a complete low-life!”
Avenatti additionally represents Stormy Daniels, the developed blur extra who was paid by a claimed advocate for Trump to abide quiet about an declared decade-old activity with Trump.
On Wednesday, Avenatti appear that he is apery Julie Swetnick, who said Kavanaugh was physically calumniating adjoin girls in aerial academy and present at a abode activity in 1982 breadth she says she was the victim of a “gang” rape.
12:45 p.m.: Grassley says new accuser won’t affect Thursday’s hearing
Senate Judiciary Board Administrator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said the actualization of a third accuser would not affect the audition appointed Thursday at which the console will apprehend from Christine Blasey Ford about her allegations of animal advance adjoin Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Speaking to reporters, Grassley cited Ford’s welfare.
“I feel we shouldn’t disadvantage Dr. Ford any added than she’s already been disadvantaged,” he said.
Grassley did not aphorism out an added board audition in acknowledgment to the latest allegations, however. “We’re activity to booty this footfall by footfall and you’ll accept to ask me that catechism . . . Thursday night,” he said.
Asked whether Swetnick’s accommodation to appoint Michael Avenatti as her advocate debilitated her credibility, Grassley said: “It seems to me he wants to assure bodies who are complex in chicanery and that he’s active for president. I don’t apperceive what his motivations are. I don’t apperceive what his acceptability as a advocate is.”
He added: “What’s absolutely important actuality isn’t the lawyer, it’s the actuality that claims she’s been harmed.”
12:30: Kavanaugh says third accuser’s allegations are ‘from the Twilight Zone’
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on Wednesday absolved the allegations of a third accuser as “ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone.”
His statement, appear by the White House, came anon afterwards Julie Swetnick, a Washington resident, said Kavanaugh was physically calumniating adjoin girls in aerial academy and present at a abode activity in 1982 breadth she says she was the victim of a “gang” rape.
“This is antic and from the Twilight Zone,” Kavanaugh said. “I don’t apperceive who this is and this never happened.”
12:20: Schumer calls on GOP to arrest acceptance proceedings
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday declared on Republicans to append acceptance affairs for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh afterwards he was accused of animal advance decades ago by a third woman.
“There are now multiple, corroborated allegations adjoin Judge Kavanaugh, fabricated beneath the amends of perjury, all of which deserve a complete investigation,” Schumer said in a statement.
“I acerb accept Judge Kavanaugh should abjure from consideration,” Schumer said. “If he will not, at the actual least, the audition and vote should be adjourned while the FBI investigates all of these allegations. If our Republican colleagues advance after an investigation, it would be a burlesque for the annual of the Supreme Cloister and our country.”
12:15 p.m. Kavanaugh says he is victim of ‘obvious actualization assassination’
In his able affirmation for Thursday’s Senate hearing, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh says he was ‘not perfect’ in aerial academy and drank beer with accompany but acerb denies accepting committed animal assault.
“In retrospect, I said and did things in aerial academy that accomplish me blench now,” he says, abacus that “sometimes I had too many” aback he drank beer.
But Kavanaugh says what he has been accused of by Christine Blasey Ford is altogether different.
“What I’ve been accused of is far added austere than adolescent misbehavior,” Kavanaugh says in affirmation appear by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I never did annihilation accidentally akin what Dr. Ford describes.”
Kavanaugh says he is the victim of “grotesque and accessible actualization assassination.”
“There has been a aberration to appear up with article — anything, no amount how adopted or abhorrent — that will block a vote on my nomination,” Kavanaugh says, in the affirmation appear by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “These are aftermost minute smears, authentic and simple.”
11 a.m.: Third accuser comes forward, says she was victim of a ‘gang’ rape
A third woman came advanced Wednesday to allege Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of animal misconduct, adage he was physically calumniating adjoin girls in aerial academy and present at a abode activity in 1982 breadth she says she was the victim of a “gang” rape.
The woman, Julie Swetnick, a Washington resident, is represented by advocate Michael Avenatti, who appear her character on Twitter and acquaint her photograph.
The Post has not apart complete her allegations apropos Admiral Trump’s Supreme Cloister nominee.
In a declaration, Julie Swetnick, who abounding Gaithersburg Aerial School, said she empiric Kavanaugh bubbler badly at abode parties and agreeable “in calumniating and physically advancing behavior adjoin girls.”
Swetnick said she witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh and others to get girls inebriated so they could be “gang raped” in ancillary apartment at abode parties by a “train” of abundant boys.
“I accept a close bond of seeing boys lined up alfresco apartment at abounding of these parties cat-and-mouse for their ‘turn’ with a babe central the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
Judge is a acquaintance of Kavanaugh whom an beforehand accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, said was present aback she alleges Kavanaugh ually assaulted her about 36 years ago.
In her declaration, Swetnick recounts an declared adventure in about 1982 in which she says she was the victim of a “gang rape” at which Kavanaugh was present.
She does not say Kavanaugh alternate in the declared abduction or what, if any, role he played, nor does she say breadth the declared adventure took place.
“During the incident, I was bedridden after my accord and clumsy to action off the boys raping me,” Swetnick says. “I accept I was benumbed application Quaaludes or article agnate placed in what I was drinking.”
Avenatti, the advocate who represents developed blur extra Stormy Daniels, is exploring a bid for the Democratic presidential best and announced out adjoin Trump and his policies, authoritative common appearances on cable television.
In his tweet, Avenatti said he is ambitious an actual FBI analysis into his client’s allegations. To this point, Republicans accept resisted the abstraction of an FBI analysis into Kavanaugh’s accusers.
“Under no affairs should Brett Kavanaugh be accepted absent a abounding and complete investigation,” Avenatti said.
A Judiciary Board agent accustomed accepting accustomed the acknowledgment from Swetnick.
“This morning Michael Avenatti provided a acknowledgment to the Judiciary Committee,” agent Taylor Foy said. “Committee attorneys are in the action of reviewing it now.”
Ford, a assistant from California, has declared that a bashed Kavanaugh ually assaulted her aback both were teenagers in Montgomery County.
A added accuser, Deborah Ramirez, a acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University, told the New Yorker annual that he apparent himself to her at a activity aback they were both first-year students.
10 a.m.: McConnell says Democrats boring Kavanaugh ‘through the mud’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) accursed Democrats on the eve of a audition featuring an accuser of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, adage they were boring the Supreme Cloister appointee and his ancestors “right through the mud.”
In a attic speech, McConnell acclaimed that the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford had been relayed to a Democratic agent in a arcane letter that did not aperture out until the acceptance action was advancing its end.
“What acquaint can we draw from this?” McConnell said. “If you address to Senate Democrats in complete aplomb about an acutely acute matter, you will anon wind up a domiciliary name, and if you’re a accessible assistant whose acceptance the far larboard happens to argue because they animosity the actuality that you will adapt the law and the architecture according to what they beggarly … they will not alternate to weaponize bottomless allegations and annoyance your name and your ancestors appropriate through the mud. That’s what these guys will do to you.”
9:30 a.m.: Trump accepted Kavanaugh as ‘an complete gem’
President Trump on Wednesday declared Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh “an complete gem” and afresh accused Democrats of a “con game” as they try to derail his Supreme Cloister nominee.
In comments at the United Nations address in New York, Trump additionally accepted the assignment of Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, adage they had been actual admiring of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, a assistant from California.
“The Republicans could not be nicer, could not be added admiring of the process, absolutely could not be added admiring to the woman, and I’m accept with that.” Trump said. “I anticipate I ability accept pushed it advanced a lot faster.”
He additionally accepted Kavanaugh, adage he is “outstanding.”
“You don’t acquisition bodies like this,” Trump said. “He’s outstanding. He’s a gem. He’s an complete gem, and he’s been advised actual unfairly by the Democrats, who are arena a con game. They apperceive what they’re doing. It’s a con. They go into a backroom and they allocution with anniversary added and they beam at what they’re accepting abroad with.”
9:20 a.m.: Ford releases affirmation declarations from bedmate and three friends
Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh ually assaulted her aback both were teenagers, accept beatific four affirmation declarations to the Senate from bodies who say Ford told them of her allegations afore Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court.
The declarations — from Ford’s bedmate and three accompany — do not accommodate absolute acceptance of the declared advance but advance Ford aggregate capacity about her bond in the years afore Kavanaugh’s best by Admiral Trump on July 9.
Only one account, from Russell Ford, the bedmate of the California professor, has been ahead reported.
Meanwhile, attorneys for Kavanaugh appear bristles pages of his agenda from 1982 to annual organizations in an attack to ster his altercation that he was not at a abode activity with Ford 36 years ago.
The calendar, which has been aggregate with the Judiciary Committee, includes several weeks that summer, which were blocked out for trips to the bank and sports camps. It additionally includes abounding abundant appointments, such as one for a haircut.
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7:45 a.m.: Ramirez advocate says she would be accommodating to testify
John Clune, a advocate for a added accuser of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, said Wednesday morning that his applicant would be accommodating to affirm in advanced of the Senate Judiciary Board but wants the FBI to investigate her claims.
Deborah Ramirez, a acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University, told the New Yorker annual that he apparent himself to her at a activity aback they were both first-year students.
“She would be accommodating to testify, but she wants to us to be able to accept this chat about what this is activity to attending like, what the action is activity to be and if there is activity to be an FBI analysis into what happened in her case.”
Republicans accept resisted calls from Democrats to accept the FBI investigate Kavanaugh’s accusers.
7:30 a.m.: Kavanaugh advocate says focus on bubbler is ‘totally unfair’
Beth Wilkinson, a advocate for Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, said Wednesday that it is “totally unfair” for critics of the Supreme Cloister appointee to advance that an acceptance that he drank beer in aerial academy had some address on allegations of animal assault.
During an actualization on “CBS This Morning,” Wilkinson additionally downplayed the accent of items on Kavanaugh’s annual page, adage they were not affirmation of an advance adjoin Christine Blasey Ford.
“When [Kavanaugh] batten on television the added day, he accepted that, you know, he has had beers,” Wilkinson said. “I anticipate that’s accurate of best bodies in college. He’s accepted that maybe he drank added than he should accept on assertive occasions, and of advance he has his annual page. I anticipate best of us would go aback and apparently ambition we could carbon our annual page, whether it was, you know, our best of music or the affectionate of silly, brainless things that we put on there.”
“But that absolutely doesn’t go to whether he did what he’s accused of,” she said. “I anticipate that’s absolutely the problem. I anticipate because bodies can’t acquisition acceptance for these things, they’re now activity out and saying, ‘Well, he was accomplishing added things that accomplish you anticipate it’s added likely.’”
Gabriel Pogrund, Seung Min Kim, Sean Sullivan, Mark Berman, Tom Hamburger, Terri Rupar and Emma Brown contributed to this report.
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