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Live Updates: Avenatti Circus Throws Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation into Chaos

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Live Updates: Avenatti Circus Throws Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation into Chaos

The latest accusations against Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh — brought by Resistance TV lawyer Michael Avenatti, representing a D.C. resident named Julie Swetnick — have caused Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee to push even harder to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Follow updates from Breitbart News on the latest developments in the Kavanaugh confirmation battle. All times eastern.

Livewire Highlights:

• Christine Blasey Ford releases polygraph report from her legal team. Details differ from other times she has recounted the story, and it is revealed that it was administered in Maryland — even though she recently delayed testifying before the Senate, citing difficulty with flying across the country from her home in California.
• Michael Avenatti has declined to make his client Julie Swetnick available for media contact. The NYTimes says it is thus unable to corrobate her story.
• Judge Kavanaugh has testified under oath to Senate investigators in response to Swetnick’s allegations.
• GOP senators Cotton and Graham declare Swetnick’s allegations “not credible,” echo Kavanaugh’s “Twilight Zone” characterization.
• President Trump disses Avenatti on Twitter… and apparently gets under his skin.
• Jeff Flake trashes Trump for being “uninformed and uncaring” in response to Kavanaugh’s accusers — still says he has an open mind and will hear out both parties.

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4:07 PM — Avenatti under fire for posting Swetnick’s name and photo, then paying lip service to “her privacy.” He tells the New York Observer he “wanted America to know what my client looks like.”

4:04 PM — 

4:00 PM — Rosie O’Donnell calls Graham a “closeted idiot” in response to his defense of Kavanaugh. (Archived here in anticipation of deletion)

3:58 PM — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says Thursday hearing will proceed with no delay: “I feel like I have a definite responsibility to hold a hearing, not only for (Blasey Ford) but for Judge Kavanaugh.”

3:55 PM —

3:50 PM — VP Mike Pence affirms support for Kavanaugh:

3:44 PM — Kavanaugh’s lawyer Beth Wilkinson spars with NBC News’ Katy Tur: “I heard your last session, and you guys were all saying, ‘oh, there’s so much detail.’ There’s no detail in here. There’s no place. There’s one or two years, generally. There’s no other people. There’s no dates, there’s no times. There’s no information here, other than that there are multiple people, supposedly involved for years — not just her, by the way. She actually saw other women being gang raped, and it’s never been reported?”

3:43 PM — 

3:16 PM — Commentators noticing more discrepancies in Blasey Ford’s polygraph notes:

3:15 PM — “None of Ms. Swetnick’s claims could be independently corroborated by The New York Times, and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, declined to make her available for an interview.”

3:12 PM — Of note from the “polygraph report”:

3:09 PM — Lindsey Graham echoes “Twilight Zone” response from Kavanaugh.

3:05 PM — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) says pushback on the Kavanaugh “smear campaign… frightens me as a woman.”

I believe that there are responsible Republicans who are going to share the view that it is not just a Supreme Court nominee that is on trial right now. It is the United States Senate in the year of the #MeToo movement. We have the obligation to show this country we a take the allegations seriously, and investigate them absolutely, but that they will be listened to and heard. We are on trial here as well.

3:04 PM —

3:01 PM — Intense virtue signaling from Jeff Flake. Says Trump “uninformed and uncaring.” Does not give an indication who he finds credible: “I will have to listen to the testimony before I make up my mind about the testimony.”

3:00 PM — Tom Cotton: Avenatti client’s allegations are “not credible.”

2:58 PM — Worth remembering re: the FBI

While the president could authorize further investigation by the FBI, Mr. Trump said he trusted the committee to carry out the process. “‘It seems that the FBI really doesn’t do that,” Trump told reporters on Wednesday, noting that the bureau already completed six background checks on Kavanaugh. [emphasis added]

2:55 PM — Murkowski so far has been the Republican senator most publicly sympathetic to Democratic objections, saying that the FBI should investigate Kavanaugh’s accusers to “clear up” questions.

2:51 PM — RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel asks, “Why hire a Michael Avenatti? Why hold this in your back pocket [referring to Dianne Feinstein sitting on Ford’s letter]?”

2:49 PM — Reality check from… a Washington Post blogger?

2:44 PM — Alyssa Milano proves unconvincing.

2:43 PM — 

2:40 PM — Trump, still at the U.N., pays a compliment to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in his defense of Kavanaugh. “They are bringing people out of the woods. They can do it to anybody. They can do it to anybody except for Prime Minister Abe because he is so pure.”

2:37 PM — Washington Post with the Bezos-Money Analysis:

2:36 PM — New poll says that Kavanaugh’s approval among Republican women has dropped.

2:32 PM — Blasey Ford’s legal team releases their report on a polygraph test administered this August:

2:30 PM — Mark Judge responds to Swetnick/Avenatti claims:

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2:25 PM — Trump’s dismissive tweet against Avenatti appears to have gotten under the 2020 hopeful’s skin. He has now responded twice in the past 40 minutes to insist that his legal record is very impressive.

2:22 PM — Merkley’s legal filing is now publicly available. Among several dubious claims, it repeats the argument presented by Democrats during Kavanaugh’s public hearings that the National Archives have not released enough documents from Kavanaugh’s tenure in the Bush (43) White House.

2:20 PM — Kavanaugh has already testified under oath in response to Swetnick’s allegations, according to Time. The testimony took place in a closed-door session with Senate Judiciary investigators.

2:00 PM — Video from Breitbart News shows actress Alyssa Milano protesting at the office of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS). Hyde-Smith is not a member of the Judiciary Committee.

1:58 PM — Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is seeking a federal court injunction to halt Kavanaugh’s nomination, Politico reports.

1:55 PM — Kavanaugh and Republican senators unfazed by Swetnick’s allegation that Kavanaugh may have participated in “gang rapes” of other women and that he was “present” at a party where she was raped by multiple men.

1:53 PM — A CNN legal analyst says “it’s hard to believe” that the FBI “missed something as big, potentially, as this” new accusation in six background checks during Kavanaugh’s judicial career.

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