The US Senate girded Friday for a critical, too- close-to-call vote on moving ahead with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans brushed aside complaints by Democrats that a new Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of sexual assault allegations against him was rushed and incomplete.
Swetnick, whose credibility has come under sustained attacked since she came forward, says she witnessed a severely drunk Kavanaugh grope women and push them against walls.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump would fulfill campaign promises to conservative voters that were instrumental in cementing his political coalition and will go down in history as the President who gave the conservative movement its Supreme Court.
She also claims that girls - including herself - were gang raped at these parties, but can not say whether Kavanaugh was among the attackers.
Under new rules approved past year, 50 votes are needed for victory in Friday's procedural vote.
In the op-ed piece Kavanaugh defended his performance during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which he denied the allegations, made at the same hearing, of a California university professor.
Julie Swetnick, Kavanaugh's third named accuser who said she witnessed him behaving inappropriately toward girls at high school parties, was not interviewed.
The letter says that in his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land". "I might have been too emotional at times".
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A major procedural vote in the Senate, which the GOP controls 51-49, is planned for Friday.
Protesters occupy the Senate Hart building during a rally against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Mr Flake, who had triggered the six-day investigation by siding with Democrats last week, said: "We've seen no additional corroborating information". "It appears that the White House completely circumscribed the investigation to try to make it meaningless and they succeeded". Kavanaugh has called her accusations a "joke". One is Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh who the professor says was in the room when Kavanaugh lay on top of her, ground his genitals against her and covered her mouth to keep her from screaming. Police have stepped up their presence in Capitol hallways, in some cases blocking news reporters and the public from approaching lawmakers. He denied the allegation and painted himself as the victim of a "political hit".
The senator said he is requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test. But he did not apologize for his behavior at the hearing, in which he interrupted senators, turned questions about drinking back on them and seeded his opening remarks with comments about "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and left-wing groups.
Ahead of Friday's voting, Republicans emerged confident that an FBI investigation into the allegations unearthed no new corroborating details, they said.
The FBI has been criticized by some Ford supporters for conducting an investigation they consider to be superficial and much too short.
They said 302 people were detained in total, with comedian Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski reportedly among those arrested.
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"I'm a survivor myself, and I didn't really tell my story, it happened in high school", Cathcart said at the District Court. The closely guarded collection of interviews is celebrated by Republican leaders as concrete proof that Kavanaugh did not harass or abuse women.