More Americans believe Kavanaugh's accuser rather than him, poll finds

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The calendars were submitted by Kavanaugh's lawyers as evidence as he prepares to testify Thursday in response to allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who says he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers and when he was drunk.

George Hartmann, a spokesman for Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, said the hearing is still going forward on Thursday as scheduled.

Ford is expected to testify Thursday about her allegations that Kavanaugh held her down, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth at a drunken high school party in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's claim and that of Deborah Ramirez, who has accused the nominee of exposing himself to her without consent during his time at Yale University.

Ramirez is the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"When you say does it affect me in terms of my thinking with respect to Judge Kavanaugh?"

GOP leaders set a Senate Judiciary Committee vote for Friday and hoped to confirm Kavanaugh early next week.

The allegations from the woman, identified as Julie Swetnick, come on the eve of a special session of the judiciary committee, in which both Kavanaugh and another accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will appear separately.

"I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room", Swetnick said in a sworn affidavit released by Avenatti. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to the latest allegations by calling on Republicans to "immediately suspend the proceedings related" to the nomination and saying that he believes Kavanaugh "should withdraw from consideration". The publicity-friendly attorney has said he's considering competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Kavanaugh suffered an 11-point drop in net support from Republicans over the last week, according to Morning Consult - and this includes an 18-point drop in support from Republican women.

"In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these "gang" or "train" rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present", she said, mentioning the name of a close friend of Kavanaugh. I've known him for 17 years", she said, adding: "I know his heart.

The allegations represent the latest development in the pitched battle in the Senate over whether to confirm Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump in July, for a lifetime job on the top US court.

Lisa Murkowski is once again again in the spotlight for comments on allegations of sexual misconduct made against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

After discussing the problem of "unconscious bias" that leads to gender discrimination, she said she was "cheered on" by the #MeToo movement, a national reckoning with sexual assault and harassment that has brought down dozens of rich and powerful men.

She is the third woman to have accused Kavanaugh with sexual assault.

And the president said he's had much experience with false accusations.

On Monday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did something unprecedented, Trevor Noah said on Tuesday's Daily Show: "He went on TV to reassure the nation that he's not a sexual predator".

Avenatti, Swetnick's lawyer, is the attorney for Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump more than a decade ago.