Avenatti makes new misconduct claims against Kavanaugh public

In a sworn statement released by her attorney, Michael Avenatti, Swetnick accused Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

And, almost three decades after the Thomas-Hill confrontation, the Judiciary Committee is still dominated by white males, including all 11 of its Republicans.

Julie Swetnick, in an interview on MSNBC on Thursday, said she had not planned to air her allegations one day before the hearing.

In early July 2018, Ford said, she saw press reports of Kavanaugh shortlisted for potential Supreme Court nominees.

Mr Trump's election pledge to nominate only conservatives to the court was seen as key to firing up his voter base, and rejection of Mr Kavanaugh would be a huge blow to the president. I don't know what they're referring to, ' he said.

He vehemently denies Ford's allegations and says that perhaps she was sexually assaulted by someone in some place but it wasn't him. "This was an extremely hard thing for me to do, but I felt I couldn't NOT do it", she said. "When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling", she said.

The almost 50 reporters squeezed into tables on the room's outer edges where they could furiously type her words into their laptops had also been reduced in numbers to fit into a space smaller than the one usually used for such blockbuster hearings.

Mr Avenatti is also representing Stormy Daniels, the porn star who signed a hush agreement over an affair with Trump.


Christine Blasey Ford appeared in public for the first time to detail her allegation against Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge chosen by President Donald Trump for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court.

The woman who filed the complaint told of an evening in 1998 where her daughter and several friends were out at a bar socializing with Kavanaugh.

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. A look at what she is saying and how top lawmakers are responding.

President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court.

"Brett's assault on me drastically altered my life", she will say. Her expected graduation date was December 1984, although Rosano said, "We're still trying to figure out her graduation status". She also says she has "a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room".

Republicans, therefore, are anxious to get to the climactic vote, while Democrats insist there should be a time-out to investigate the women's allegations.

Two men have come forward to tell Senate investigators they, not Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, could have been responsible for the encounter Christine Blasey Ford describes when she says she was sexually assaulted at a high school party 36 years ago.

Another woman in a story published Sunday by The New Yorker also has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct from their time at Yale University.

  • Tracy Klein