Sen. Collins Says Second Kavanaugh Accuser Should Speak 'Under Oath'

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Springfield Mo

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Springfield Mo

"These are smears, pure and simple". I'm not going anywhere. "I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated".

She told The New Yorker that she remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his trousers. "You do not forget someone choking you, you do not forget someone putting their hand over their mouth and you thinking they're going to die", she said, her voice quaking.

"I never saw any such thing".

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said in an interview on Fox News Channel's "The Story with Martha MacCallum", to air on Monday evening. Avenatti, who came to national recognition by representing porn star Stormy Daniels, generated some scepticism online with his allegations.

Dozens of people protesting the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court were arrested Monday morning outside the office of Republican Sen.

"These accusations deserve the best and most professional investigation possible - even if that means a brief additional delay on the ultimate vote on Judge Kavanaugh, and even if that investigatory delay imperils his confirmation", he said.

Kavanaugh, US President Donald Trump's nominee, has also agreed to testify at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing planned for 10am on Thursday.

"First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault - I'm not saying that's what happened in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist", Collins said.

The new accusation in a report from The New Yorker came just hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing on Thursday for Mr Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers.

In a statement to the New Yorker, Kavanaugh wrote, "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".

Kavanaugh and his Republican allies portrayed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have fought his nomination from the outset.

"We're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity my lifelong record", he said, according to an excerpt. A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man".

Judge has denied having any memory of such an incident and said he did not want to testify. She accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down on a bed and covering her mouth so she could not make noise as he tried to remove her clothing.

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr Ford, at some point in her life, was sexually assaulted by someone in some place". She also asked the committee's chairman, Sen.

He and Dr Ford will testify separately, the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed.

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward with allegations against him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, accusing Democrats of working hard to "destroy a wonderful man". Chris Coons believes either Feinstein's office or Democratic committee staff leaked Ford's name to the press, against the professor's wishes.

"I ask for fair and respectful treatment". Then, like now, another Republican president had selected a Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Clarence Thomas, facing accusations of sexual harassment.

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