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Key passages from Julie Swetnick's declaration alleging sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh

30 September 2018

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has emphatically fended off new accusations of sexual misconduct ahead of a charged public Senate hearing that could determine whether Republicans can salvage his nomination and enshrine a high court conservative majority.

Earlier in the day, attorney Michael Avenatti also identified and released a "sworn declaration" from a woman who claims Kavanaugh was involved in "gang" rapes in the early 1980s.

According to a committee aide, in an email to Avenatti on Wednesday, Republican committee staff said that "yesterday committee investigators interviewed Judge Kavanaugh again, under penalty of felony".

She is due to outline her allegations of sexual assault by Judge Kavanaugh at a high school party more than 30 years ago at a Senate hearing on Thursday. Avenatti also represents Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected president.

Several of Brett Kavanaugh's Yale colleagues who endorsed his confirmation to the Supreme Court are now calling for an investigation into the sexual assault accusations he's facing. Another committee spokesman, Taylor Foy, said the panel received Swetnick's declaration on Wednesday and "committee lawyers are in the process of reviewing it now".

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of forcing her onto a bed and grinding against her in an attempt at sex during one high school-era party. "And he's been treated very unfairly by the Democrats", Trump said Wednesday.

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Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process. Democratic lawmakers are demanding a delay on the committee vote to advance Kavanaugh to the full Senate's confirmation vote.

The hearing will be the first time the country sees and hears from 51-year-old Ms Ford, beyond the grainy photo that has been flashed on television in the 10 days since she came forward with her contention.

Wilkinson's client has vehemently denied the allegations against him as he now faces a second and potential third accuser alleging sexual assault in the 1980's. He's denied those allegations.

Grassley announced Tuesday that a committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is tentatively scheduled for Friday.

In prepared testimony to the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh called allegations against him by the initial accuser, Ford, as "last-minute smears" and "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

Four months worth of pages from the green and white 1982 calendar were released by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Supreme Court nominee will be sworn in and will then give his opening statement. Her security clearances are relevant because she stands to lose them - along with her career - if she is found to be committing perjury.

Swetnick writes, "There is no question in my mind that Mark Judge has significant information concerning the conduct of Brett Kavanaugh during the 1980s, especially as it relates to his actions toward women".

Key passages from Julie Swetnick's declaration alleging sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh