Julie Swetnick, the third woman to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, said in a television interview that he does not belong on the Supreme Court. She did not allege that Kavanaugh participated in the rape, but said he and his friend Mark Judge were present when it occurred, adding that she was incapacitated by a drug placed in her drink without her consent and was unable to fight off her attackers.
In Ms. Blasey Ford's case she has received threats since she went public with her story, and her team has insisted the committee guarantee her safety as she testifies, as well as limited access to the hearing.
Blasey said Judge was the other man in the room in 1982 when Kavanaugh covered her mouth and tried to rip her clothes off. She did not say that Kavanaugh or Judge had sexually assaulted her.
The woman, Julie Swetnick, said that she was the victim of one of these gang rapes in approximately 1982.
Swetnick-a graduate of Gaithersburg High School in Maryland and a former employee of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Mint, the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. State Department-says she first met Kavanaugh and Judge in 1980 or 1981 at a house party.
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Kavanaugh faces a crucial Senate hearing Thursday where he will seek to rebut sexual misconduct claims from women.
Swetnick and her lawyer Michael Avenatti are calling for an FBI investigation into her allegations.
At the same time, Trump described Kavanaugh as a "great gentleman" and said he believed the accusations against the conservative were "false".
The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
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"I can always be convinced", Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY, on the eve of a key Senate hearing at which a university professor accusing his nominee of assault will detail her allegations to lawmakers.
"I can always be convinced" Trump said, "It's possible I'll hear [the allegations] and I'll say, I'm changing my mind!"
"They have predetermined the outcome by declaring that they're going to have a vote on Friday", one day after Ford's scheduled testimony, Robbin said. "I don't know what his reputation as a lawyer is".
'Brett Kavanaugh is going for a seat, where he is going to have that seat on the Supreme Court for the rest of his life. Violence against women should have no place in our society and it certainly should have no place on the highest court in the nation.
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