Senate investigators questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about two new claims of sexual misconduct, including one from an anonymous Colorado tipster who says Kavanaugh shoved an unnamed woman up against a wall "aggressively and sexually" in 1998.
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The sender of the complaint described an evening involving her own daughter, Kavanaugh and several friends in 1998.
Ford, now a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, said she was 15 and at a party in the early 1980s when she was assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh, then 17.
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Nothing on the calendar appears to mention Ms Ford, who has said she was a "friendly acquaintance" of Mr Kavanaugh's at the time. Phil Scott of Vermont also told the Burlington Free Press on Wednesday that the Senate Judiciary Committee should take its time with the investigation into allegations.
On Wednesday, only hours after the media jumped on the story, the man reportedly responsible for the allegations recanted his accusations, tweeting, "Do everyone who is going insane about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake". "This was an extremely hard thing for me to do, but I felt I couldn't NOT do it", she said. "If I were going to give advice", she said, "I would have to talk with her to give it".
She said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming, adding, "This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life". "I don't know if they told their friends, certainly had never reported it to police".
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.
"And I'm standing up and filing this case, to say "This must end", Merkley said during a conference call with reporters".
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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. It's ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone. Blasey claims Kavanaugh was drunk at a high school party when he pinned her down, groped her and attempted to take off her clothes without her consent.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations and says he never sexually assaulted anyone.
And, almost three decades after the Thomas-Hill confrontation, the Judiciary Committee is still dominated by white males, including all 11 of its Republicans.
Democratic members of the Committee called for immediate withdrawal of Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.
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Committee chairman Chuck Grassley had broken into a conversation between Ford and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was doing the questioning.
Ford said she was finally able to escape and rushed out of the house with an "enormous sense of relief" that the duo did not follow her.