Kavanaugh fights more allegations
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Sen. Susan Collins, who could determine whether Brett Kavanaugh gets a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court, raised serious concerns at a private meeting about the newest allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee - and questioned why the Senate Judiciary Committee had not subpoenaed a close friend of the federal judge.
Multiple sources familiar with the private Wednesday meeting told CNN that Collins appeared unnerved by the latest allegation, citing in particular that it was a sworn statement sent to the panel, which carries with it the possibility of perjury for lying to Congress.
Collins, sources said, did not indicate how she would vote. But her private concerns underscore how Kavanaugh faces a critical test Thursday: He must reassure at least three key GOP senators that he did not act improperly towards women in the 1980s when he testifies after one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford. He can’t afford to lose more than one GOP senator if all Democrats vote against his nomination.
President Donald Trump signaled Tuesday that he could change his mind if he finds the women who have accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.
"They're giving the women a major chance to speak. Now it's possible I'll hear that and say hey I'm changing my mind. Hey, that's possible," Trump said.
He did not respond to a follow up from CNN's Jim Acosta about whether he would support the other women beyond Christine Blasey Ford getting a chance to testify on Capitol Hill.
"Whoever is given a chance...We've delayed it a long time," Trump said. "They're going to have a big shot at speaking, at making their case."
"I’m going to see what happens tomorrow. I’m going to be watching. I’m going to see what’s said. It’s possible they will be convincing," he said during a news conference.
"I can’t tell you if they’re liars until I hear them," he went on.
Asked directly whether there is a scenario in which he withdrew Kavanaugh's nomination, Trump indicated there was.
"If I thought he was guilty of something like this, sure," he said.
President Trump is about to hold a rare news conference where he'll likely be asked about the Brett Kavanaugh allegations. You can watch it live, and see key updates, right here.
In under six hours today, more than 60 men women who attended Georgetown Prep with Brett Kavanaugh or went to sister schools and knew him well during his time in high school signed a letter to directly refute the allegations released earlier today by Michael Avenatti.
"We have seen reports today that Julie Swetnick, who says she graduated from Gaithersburg High School, submitted a declaration to the Committee alleging that Brett participated in horrific conduct during high school, including targeting girls for gang rape. Nonsense. We never witnessed any behavior that even approaches what is described in this allegation. It is reprehensible.
The letter continues: "Brett Kavanaugh is a good man. He has always treated women with respect and decency."
The Trump campaign just sent out an email defending the President's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the judge "victim of a televised witch hunt."
Those who receive the email are asked to add their names to a "list of supporters who want to stand up to Senate Democrats and stop the witch hunt against Judge Kavanaugh."
Here's how the email starts:
Judge Kavanaugh has become the victim of a televised witch hunt playing out in front of his own family.
Democrats only want to smear this man because he was nominated by President Trump.
We’ve heard from every liberal senator. They’ve even told us to “SHUT UP.” Now it’s time for these Senate obstructionists to hear from the American people.
The Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican staff emailed Michael Avenatti, noting it’s the 6th email to Avenatti since his Sunday tweet, a committee source tells CNN.
The judiciary staffer asks Avenatti to let him know “immediately” whether his client -— Julie Swetnick — “will agree to an interview by committee investigators today.”
The email said the interview can be done “by telephone anytime this afternoon or this evening.”