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Ahead of Kavanaugh Hearing, Ginsburg Praises ‘Women Coming Together'

Third accuser says Kavanaugh had role in sexual assaults

Ford: The same way that I am sure that I am talking to you right now: It's basic memory functions.

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Collins walked into that meeting carrying a copy of Julie Swetnick's signed declaration, which included fresh accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge.

She said she saw efforts by "Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys".

"This was what terrified me the most and has had the most lasting impact on my life", she said.

Mr Kavanaugh and his chief accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Mr Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school, are both expected to testify on Thursday.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford", he said.

The committee could vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, with a final Senate vote early next week.

Kavanaugh has also pushed back against the other allegations.

"The details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget".

"I've had a lot of false charges made against me", he said.

The Judiciary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday. Democratic Senator Richard Durbin asked Ford. While he declined to weigh in on whether Kavanaugh was fit for the nation's highest court, the governor said his accusers "deserve to be heard".

"No, and we're dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend", Kavanaugh said. "That kind of depends upon what happens tomorrow", Grassley said.

In an event before first-year students at Georgetown University Law on Wednesday, Ginsburg said she was "cheered on" by the #MeToo movement.

Kavanaugh has been accused of various degrees of sexual assault and misconduct decades ago by three separate women.

Her voice cracked with emotion during her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, when she described the social circuit in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she "met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who sexually assaulted me".

On the eve of her testimony, an examination taken by Ford on August 7 was released, showing that she passed a polygraph test over the sexual assault allegations. "Without an investigation, and with so many serious issues involved, I can't support this nomination if they choose to move forward", he said in a statement. That's the year when Ford says she believes the assault occurred.

"Republican senators have delayed this for weeks now", Mr Trump said.

Avenatti previously represented adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claimed Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen paid her hush money ahead of the election and thus violated election rules. Avenatti has said he is exploring his own bid for the presidency as a Democrat.