Senate Judiciary chairman: No delay to Kavanaugh hearing despite new allegations

In a statement released by Avenatti Swetnick said she witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh and Mark Judge to get teenage girls inebriated disoriented

In his tweet, he called Swetnick "courageous, fearless and honest" and asked that her privacy be respected. "This conduct included the fondling and grabbing girls without their consent", the sworn statement says.

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

It's important to note that Swetnick does not say specifically that Kavanaugh was one of those who raped her, only that he was present when she was raped.

A woman named Julie Swetnick, who is represented by lawyer Michael Avenatti, submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday afternoon in which she makes a number of uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations of heinous criminality by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "On numerous occassions at these parties, I witnesses Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking "no" for an answer".

"I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside of rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room".

The committee chairman, Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, issued a statement Wednesday saying the committee had received the declaration from Avenatti and that committee lawyers were reviewing it.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is also on the committee, cast doubt on Swetnick's allegations, telling reporters Swetnick is two years older than Kavanaugh and that her claim that he and his friends would get girls drunk so they could be gang-raped is wildly inconsistent with other testimonials in support of the nominee.

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In the face of the new allegations against Kavanaugh, the Democrats of the Senate Judiciary Committee have called on Trump to either withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination or to direct the FBI to reopen an investigation into his background. Ms. Swetnick says she continued attending these drunken, depraved parties-her idea of a good time, apparently-but she "avoided the punch".

As of right now, there really isn't much else to say about these harrowing allegations made by Swetnick under penalty of perjury.

The Republican committee staff also said that they will do a follow-up interview with Kavanaugh Wednesday. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who chairs the committee, said that Thursday's hearing was still scheduled to take place, arguing that cancelling it would be unfair to Ford. She said in her statement that there are two witnesses who can attest to her account, but she has not identified them publicly. Committee investigators specifically asked Judge Kavanaugh about all pending accusations, in specificity.

A Judiciary Committee spokesman said it would look into the allegations of Swetnick, as it is already doing related to accusations by Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University. If he will not, at the very least, the hearing and vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these allegations.

"Under no circumstances should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed absent a full and complete investigation", he said on Twitter.

Editor's note: this story was updated after publication with Brett Kavanaugh's statement denying the allegations.

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