The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing allegations by a third woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, a panel spokesman said Wednesday, in yet another potential blow to his prospects for Senate confirmation. 'I believed he was going to rape me.
The top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee said the way senators have approached Christine Blasey Ford's 36-year-old allegations of a sexual assault at a high school party shows the country is still not taking sexual violence seriously. Ford had been offering some clarifications of her previous accounts, but Grassley elected to hand the questioning over to the Democrats mid-answer.
"My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh's actions have damaged my life, so that you can take that into serious consideration as you make your decision about how to proceed", Ford says in her written testimony submitted Wednesday.
"I felt so enraged", said Carola Lewis, a Kavanaugh supporter from Rockville, Maryland, who came to a rally on the Capitol in support of Kavanaugh an hour and a half before the hearing was slated to start.
Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself during a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.
Supreme Court appointments must be confirmed by the Senate, and Mr Trump's fellow Republicans control the chamber by a narrow 51-49 margin. Mazzon said Ford told her about her encounter over dinner in June 2013, while White learned of it in 2017. It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone.
She claimed: "When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all very shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually".
Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requested to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation vote because of allegations against him from a then-anonymous woman.
Kavanaugh has staunchly denied all allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.
"When I see it, I view it differently than somebody sitting home watching television, where they say 'Oh, Judge Kavanaugh, this or that, ' " he told a United Nations press conference.
Avenatti also represents Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who alleges she was paid to keep a sexual relationship with US President Donald Trump quiet. She witnessed both of them "drink excessively and "engage in highly inappropriate conduct".
During the free-wheeling news conference, Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Kavanaugh politically motivated.
At one company, employers cleared the decks so its staff can tune in. He and his friend shut her in a room and turned up the music to hide her protests as he assaulted her and covered her mouth to stifle her screams.
Given that several of the same senators during Hill's testimony still serve on the committee, "I'm wondering, how much have we really learned?"