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Kavanaugh denies allegations of sexual misconduct

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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday denied an allegation of sexual misconduct dating back to when he was a high school student.

Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Kavanaugh denies allegations of sexual misconduct

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday DENIED allegations of sexual misconduct during his high school years… The denial coming after the New Yorker magazine reported details of a LETTER from an unidentified ACCUSER, who alleges Kavanaugh held her down at a party in the early 1980s, covered her mouth with his hand, and attempted to force himself on her, before she was able to free herself.

In a statement, Kavanaugh said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation.

I did not do this back in high school or at any time." The letter was first revealed on Thursday by Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who said she had turned it over to the FBI...without disclosing the contents or the accuser's identity... The White House swiftly dismissed the letter, expressing skepticism of the timing of its release…and saying Kavanaugh has already been thoroughly vetted.

On Friday, a group of 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school sent a letter the Senate Judiciary Committee defending his character.

The controversy comes as Democrats try to thwart Kavanaugh's nomination over concerns he might help overturn abortion rights… Kavanaugh made no major missteps during his stormy confirmation hearings last week, and with Republicans controlling the Senate by a slim margin, he seems poised to win confirmation.

A spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Friday said there was no reason to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation… The Republican-led committee on Thursday agreed to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on September 20, with a final confirmation vote likely by the end of the month.



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