Fiery Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown

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Ms. Blasey Ford, in testimony prepared for Thursday, leaves no room for doubt that it was Judge Kavanaugh who she believes assaulted her. While Republicans want to move forward, they are mindful of the fallout if they don't take the accusations seriously.

Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, came forward this week with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, also from the 1980s. She said she thought he was going to rape her and tried to yell for help, but that he put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming. Gardner told the Daily Camera on Wednesday that "upon receiving the anonymous letter, we immediately notified the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is handling the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh".

"Human Rights Watch has also expressed concern that Senate leadership did not request millions of pages of documents relating to years when Kavanaugh held senior positions at the White House, and that many requested documents had not been produced in time for his hearing that began on September 4", it said. "And no, I've never done anything like that", Kavanaugh said. "I was accused by four or five women who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me".

Mr Kavanaugh could tilt the court conservative for decades.

At the United Nations, meanwhile, President Donald Trump said on the eve of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford that Republicans have been "nice" and "respectful" in their treatment of Ms Ford.

Kavanaugh denied having a "sexual or physical encounter of any kind" with Ford. She says they thrust her into an upstairs bedroom at the house and locked the door.

Trump's comments about his accusers drew swift reaction from an attorney for Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice", who says Trump made unwanted advances toward her, then defamed her by saying she lied about it. "You know why? Because I've had a lot of false charges made against me", Trump said.

Several GOP lawmakers who remain publicly undecided - most notably Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, as well as Arizona's Jeff Flake, who is retiring - said they want to hear what Kavanaugh's accuser has to say before making up their minds.

Kavanaugh's statement will call other allegations against him "last-minute smears" and "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

Trump chose Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge, for the court in July, after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Of course, no one is laughing about the allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when he was in prep school, attended parties where gang rapes occurred, and exposed himself to a classmate at Yale.

Scott's Democratic challenger Christine Hallquist called for an FBI investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations Wednesday. "When they left the bar under the influence of alcohol". "It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone".

The results were sent to counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee by Ford's attorneys in advance of Thursday's hearing, when both Kavanaugh and Ford will testify about the allegations.

Asked what he would say to Democrats who are accusing him and members of his party as insensitive to women with their rhetoric, Graham shot back that "people who are criticizing us are hypocrites".

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