Kavanaugh accuser details alleged sexual assault to U.S. Senate committee

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In fact, more than a dozen women came forward during the 2016 campaign, claiming they were assaulted, groped or kissed without consent by Trump.

Politico congressional reporter Burgess Everett reported the summary from the Judiciary Committee, which stated: "Committee staff have a second interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in the summer of 1982 that is the basis of her allegation".

While Republicans have suggested that the recent spate of allegations against Kavanaugh are politically motivated and created to prevent him from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, Democrats have said they favor an FBI investigation into the accusations before Kavanaugh can be confirmed - something which Republicans say is just a delay tactic. They say the good-guy image he projects in public bears little relation to the hard-partying behavior they witnessed when he was young. Unnamed sources told NBC News that Kavanaugh denied the new allegation in a phone call with committee investigators Tuesday.

"I am here today not because I want to be", Ford said. "I am terrified", she adds.

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"Republican senators have delayed this for weeks now", Trump said.

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit, never".

The magazine quoted the judge as saying in a statement, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". Judge Kavanaugh has staunchly declared his respect for women and issued blanket denials of any possible misconduct, but those declarations are in serious doubt'.

"There are not clear rules on the burden of proof in a congressional investigation", said David Leviss, a Washington-based attorney with O'Melveny & Myers who has significant experience with Senate inquiries.

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Battling to hold a seat in North Dakota, a state Trump carried by almost 36 percentage points, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp condemned her opponent, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, for belittling Ford's claims as "absurd".

Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the US Supreme Court appeared all-but-certain in the wake of Senate hearings in early September, but sexual assault allegations from the 1980s now threaten to derail the process at the last moment. Ford said Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's, witnessed the incident, which Ford said happened when she was 15.

The sender of the letter detailed the alleged event that involved her own daughter, Kavanaugh and several friends. Ford has claimed that Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and clamped a hand over her mouth at a party when both were in high school. The GOP special counsel Rachel Mitchell, a Phoenix sex crimes prosecutor, who Republicans had hired to avoid the optics of their all-male line up questioning Ford, left Republicans disappointed. "She was like, 'I can't deal with this".

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