U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 26, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP
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allegation as hearing loomsLawyer Michael Avenatti said on Twitter he has submitted a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee from a woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.Kavanaugh rejected the allegations in a statement released by the White House.Avenatti's statements represent the latest development in the pitched battle in the U.S. Senate over whether to confirm Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump in July, for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court.Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of a sexual assault in 1982, released signed documents from Ford's husband, Russell Ford, and three friends. Ford and Kavanaugh are due to testify before the Judiciary Committee at a high-stakes hearing Thursday ahead of a vote scheduled in the panel Friday on his nomination.In televised interviews Wednesday, Kavanaugh's attorney Beth Wilkinson said that Ford's declarations cited recent interactions, not discussions at the time of the alleged incident.The Judiciary Committee said late Tuesday it had hired a female lawyer to question Ford on behalf of the 11 Republicans on the panel, all men.
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