Kavanaugh vote moving forward despite allegations

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A committee to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for confirmation by the full Senate is still set for Thursday after he was accused of sexual misconduct, according to a report.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) plans to move forward with the vote after a woman wrote a letter to lawmakers alleging Kavanaugh held her down and tried to force himself on her during an alcohol-fueled high school party in the ’80s, Politico reported.

The woman wrote Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her after he and a friend, who were both drinking, turned up the volume on music at the party to drown out her protests, the New Yorker reported. The woman was able to break free, but she said Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand.

Kavanaugh, 53, “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations.

No Democrat has come out in support of Kavanaugh’s nomination. GOP sources told Politico they expect the final confirmation vote this month unless swing-state Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski go against the party line.

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