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>> Develop those ideas over time->> 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.
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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. Reporter Jan Wolf is following the story.>> The timing of these allegations so late in the confirmation process after hearings have already been held suggests that it is probably unlikely to derail his nomination.
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But it's uncharted territory. And it's hard to say what will happen. In today's political climate, accusations of sexual misconduct are taken much more seriously than they used to be.>> 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.
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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 to 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.
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>> So I think at the very least, you could see calls by Democrats to basically slow down and allow more details to emerge, and possibly delay the confirmation vote.>> A spokesman for Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Friday that there was no reason to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation.
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The Republican-led committee on Thursday agreed to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on September 20th, with a final confirmation vote likely by the end of the month.