Angry Kavanaugh denies Ford accusation, sees 'disgrace'

Angry Kavanaugh denies Ford accusation, sees 'disgrace'

Angry Kavanaugh denies Ford accusation, sees 'disgrace'

Kavanaugh, who denies the allegations made by Ford and by two other women who have come forward, will also testify himself on Thursday, although he will not be in the room when Ford is speaking.

The new allegations, offered in an affidavit provided to the Senate by the accuser's attorney on the eve of a hearing to examine other allegations of alleged sexual assault, say Kavanaugh took part in efforts during high school to intoxicate girls so that a group of boys could have sex with them.

Committee staff spoke to a second man over the phone Wednesday who also said he believed he, not Kavanaugh, had the disputed encounter with Ford.

Ford's signed handwritten note reiterated her claims of a sexual assault at a house party when she and Kavanaugh were teens. "I don't know who this is and this never happened".

Swetnick does not accuse Kavanaugh of attacking her, but says he was present at a party where she was drugged with "Quaaludes or something similar" and attacked.

The Republican has ignored Democrats' demands, however, for a reopening of an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh and testimony from possible witnesses to the alleged misconduct.

"My greatest fears have been realised - and the reality has been far worse than what I expected", she said, adding that she and her family were forced out of their Palo Alto home and have been living in "various secure locals, with guards" for the last 10 days. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", Ford said.

"I was underneath one of them while the two laughed". Swetnick said Kavanaugh's claim of "innocence" and lack of sexual activity in high school was "absolutely false and a lie".

Trump defended Kavanaugh, now a federal appeals court judge, at a NY news conference, but the president's comments injected another note of uncertainty into Kavanaugh's already troubled bid for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court.

"If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yes, sure", Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY.

He and one of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify publicly Thursday before the Judiciary Committee.

Ford answered both of these questions with a "no" after giving her account of the party where she claims the assault occurred.

The committee also released a two-page prepared statement from Mr Kavanaugh for Thursday's hearing in which he "categorically and unequivocally" denied Ms Ford's allegation. Earlier this month, he told Judiciary Committee staffers he didn't recall ever meeting Ford.

But the current appeals court judge declared in a statement: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone". She said she described the specific details for the first time in a May 2012 couples' counseling session.

He raised the canard that "four or five women who got paid a lot of money" accused him of sexual harassment and implied that he could determine himself whether people accused had actually committed the acts.

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