Senate panel probes Kavanaugh, accuser in public hearing

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Ramirez said that at a college party, Kavanaugh exposed his penis and thrust it in her face.

This is personal for President Donald Trump.

Julie Swetnick has a pretty serious background and I have a hard time believing she'd lie in a sworn affidavit.

Two other women have come forward with allegations.

But her lawyers clarified they paid for the test - and further said they are representing Ford pro bono.

Bolstered by a career in public service, including numerous government security clearances, the fact that Swetnick signed her declaration "under penalty of perjury" and said she "fully understands the seriousness" of her charges did not keep Trump from calling her claims into question.

What that, Trump cast his lot with the accused in what has become a national reckoning over gender and sexual consent, and not just in furtherance of a long-sought conservative makeover of the high court.

Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, said at the opening of the hearing that he wanted it to be "safe comfortable and dignified for both of our witnesses".

"What they have endured ought to be considered by all of us as unacceptable and a poor reflection on the state of civility in our democracy", Grassley said. The talks are a safe space for employees to express themselves, though they are encouraged to keep their conversations work appropriate, Armsey said.

Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge who has always been eyed for the Supreme Court, has repeatedly denied all the allegations, saying he'd never heard of the latest accuser and calling her accusations "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

After recounting what she remembered of the alleged assault, Sen.

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Justice Kavanaugh, who will testify after Prof. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy asked. "I hope you never have children because they'll be just as worthless as you are".

The all-male panel of Republicans are expected to defer most of their questions to a female lawyer, Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, an experienced sex crimes prosecutor. Dianne Feinstein about how she could be sure it was Kavanaugh and not someone else who assaulted her in the bedroom of a home in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C.

In his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh again "unequivocally and categorically" denied her allegation, as well as "other false and uncorroborated accusations" by his other accusers.

He went on to say, "Only at an 11th hour, on the eve of Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation vote, did the ranking member refer the allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

In evidence for the hearing, Kavanaugh acknowledges drinking in high school with his friends, but says he has never done anything "remotely resembling" the sexual misconduct alleged by his chief accuser.

"Mark Judge should be subpoenaed".

The Republican committee staff also said that they will do a follow-up interview with Kavanaugh Wednesday.

Ford concluded by saying it was "not my responsibility to determine whether Mr Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court".

On Wednesday President Trump said he could withdraw Judge Kavanaugh's nomination if he "thought he was guilty of something like this".

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