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5th Accusation to Hit Kavanaugh Is Recanted

As he calls the 4th 'total Twilight Zone'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 1:40 AM CDT
President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, listens to a question from Sen. Kamala Harris as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Brett Kavanaugh firmly denied a fourth and a fifth allegation of sexual misconduct—one of which was later recanted—in a Tuesday conference call with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to a transcript released late Wednesday. In one claim, made in an anonymous letter sent to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, a woman alleged that her daughter saw an intoxicated Kavanaugh push her friend up against a wall "aggressively and sexually" in a bar in 1998, when he was an attorney working on the Ken Starr investigation, CBS News reports. "No, and we're dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend," Kavanaugh said when asked about the claim. "It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone. And no, I've never done anything like that." (He used the same "twilight zone" phrase in regards to a third accusation.)

Another accuser alleged in a call to Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse that his friend had been sexually assaulted on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985 "by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark," and he recognized Kavanaugh as one of the men. Kavanaugh denied the "completely made up" claim. The accuser withdrew the allegation in a tweet Wednesday night, saying, "I have recanted because I have made a mistake," CNN reports. A Senate Democratic aide tells Politico that some Democrats worry that Republicans are "now releasing anonymous allegations in an effort to make all allegations look frivolous. We're focusing on the ones that have names attached." (President Trump says Thursday's hearing could change his mind on Kavanaugh.)

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