Trump faults Senate Republicans for not moving fast enough on Kavanaugh nomination

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Avenatti also represents Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected president.

According to a document Avenatti posted on Twitter, the woman alleges she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s".

The legal team for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh submitted pages from the detailed calendar he kept in the summer of 1982 to the Senate Judiciary Committee, ahead of the hearing to address allegations of sexual assault against him.

The judiciary panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, said the hearing would go forward.

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"I have never sexually assaulted anyone - not in high school, not in college, not ever", Kavanaugh says in prepared remarks released Wednesday.

The new accuser, Julie Swetnick of Washington, said Kavanaugh took part in efforts during high school to get girls intoxicated so that a group of boys could have sex with them.

Koegler says while their children were playing together, Ford expressed anger about what she thought was a light sentence for a Stanford University student who had been convicted of sexual assault after raping an unconscious woman. Thune said, "I can't see at this point where there is any evidence to suggest that she oughta come before, I mean if she herself has said that she's trying to search her memory to remember exactly what happened".

He acknowledged that he wasn't "perfect" in high school.

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"But obviously, I take it seriously and believe that it should be investigated by the committees, " said Collins, a key vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

One declaration comes from Ford's "good friend" of 10 years Adela Gildo-Mazzon who said Ford told her five years ago that she had "almost raped by someone who was now a federal judge" and "been trapped in a room with two drunken guys, and that she had escaped, ran away and hid".

Swetnick says that she has active clearances at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Mint and the Internal Revenue Service.

Editor's note: this story was updated after publication with Brett Kavanaugh's statement denying the allegations. She also claims that he engaged in "abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls". She alleges that the pair spiked party punch with drugs or grain alcohol to lower girls' inhibitions and says she witnessed boys including Kavanaugh and Judge lining up to gang-rape an inebriated girl. "These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh", she alleged in the statement. "I have never done that to her or to anyone".

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In his written testimony for Thursday's hearing, Kavanaugh echoed language he used in a Fox News interview earlier this week, saying he was not questioning Ford had been sexually assaulted, just that he was not the culprit.

President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court in a divided Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge "a con game being played by the Democrats".

"It's not going to change the Democrats' minds", the president said.

The bombshell new claims come after two women came forward to accuse the judge of assaulting them in the 1980s, in a scandal that has tripped up what was expected to be an easy confirmation process for the conservative judge.

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