Brett Kavanaugh: Who are Supreme Court nominee's accusers?

Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Ore. talks with reporters about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill Wednesday Sept. 26 2018 in Washington

Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, claims she observed the future Supreme Court nominee at student parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched, made "disoriented" with alcohol or drugs and "gang raped". Kavanaugh, who was named by Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired in July, has denied the allegations.

Fresh sex assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has surfaced, as Democrats demand delaying his hearing in the Senate. She has said he forced her into a room at a high school party, held her on a bed and tried removing her clothes as he muffled her mouth with his hands.

"I can always be convinced", Mr Trump said on the eve of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing when Christine Blasey Ford, one of Mr Kavanaugh's accusers will give testimony.

"It's ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone".

Nothing on the calendar appears to mention Ford, who has said she was a "friendly acquaintance" of Kavanaugh's at the time.

Mr Avenatti declined to expand on the allegation in an interview on ABC's The View, saying he would not add detail beyond what was in the statement.

Swetnick, who attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland, says she attended "well over ten" parties where Kavanaugh was present.

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Koegler said that he and Ford had discussed the incident in 2016, but Kavanaugh was not mentioned by name until June of this year.

Trump said the allegations of now three women "are all false to me", bemoaning "what they've done to this family, what they've done to his lovely children" and wife.

"They're obstructionists. They're actually con artists, because they know how quality this man is, and they've destroyed a man's reputation, and they want to destroy it even more", Trump said.

While Swetnick said she is aware of other witnesses who can attest to the truthfulness of her statements, she has not identified those witnesses.

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. He is asking that the committee call upon Swetnick to testify ahead of Kavanaugh's potential confirmation. He has denied the allegations. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh...

George Hartmann, a spokesman for Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, said the hearing is still going forward Thursday as scheduled. The publicity-friendly attorney has said he's considering competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Trump spoke briefly on North Korea and China, but kept walking out of the building when the Kavanaugh question was asked.

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