11 Republicans, all men, and 10 Democrats - was to hear from just two witnesses on Thursday: Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge who has always been eyed for the Supreme Court, and Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor who accuses him of attempting to rape her when they were teens. "He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me", she says.
Showing their own certainty, Republicans quickly scheduled a recommendation vote for Friday morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they hold an 11-10 majority. Ford's attorney Debra Katz said her client considers the alleged incident to be an "attempted rape". Swetnick also says she herself was a victim of one of the gang rapes and was "incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me". Trump was also caught on tape in 2005 boasting of grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission.
Burgess Everett, a reporter for Politico, broke the news on Twitter. But it's worth noting that Swetnick's lawyer is Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, who says Trump tried to hush up their 2006 sexual tryst.
Mr Kavanaugh could tilt the court conservative for decades.
While Republicans want to move forward, they are mindful of the fallout if they do not take the accusations seriously. Should the effort fail, the party would likely explode in finger-pointing that could have implications in the November elections. "They are giving the women a major chance to speak".
"I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me".
"People want fame, they want money, they want whatever", the president added.
On his message for young men, Mr Trump said: "It's a very risky period in our country, and it's being perpetrated by some very evil people".
Ford's statement said she didn't know Kavanaugh well and that she recalls the house party as "almost surely a spur of the moment gathering".
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Christine Blasey Ford accused a drunken Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were teenagers at a house party in Montgomery County, Maryland, in the eighties.
Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself and caused her to touch his penis at a party when both were Yale freshmen.
The professor insisted that she is not motivated by political opposition to Kavanaugh, but instead by a desire to better inform lawmakers about a man who could serve a life term on the country's highest court.
Kavanaugh has strongly denied her claims as well as allegations by two other accusers.
Kavanaugh supporter Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, was asked as he left a closed-door luncheon attended by Vice President Mike Pence whether GOP senators remained united behind Kavanaugh. Gardner told the Daily Camera on Wednesday that "upon receiving the anonymous letter, we immediately notified the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is handling the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh".
One goal is to emphasize inconsistencies in his statements so far and make him appear nervous, said a Democratic aide who described the plan on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly.
Late Wednesday, the committee released a flurry of other documents of unclear significance.
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah told CNN, "Somebody's mixed up".
John Kennedy of Louisiana, a member of the Judiciary panel, said he needs to hear from Ford before deciding whether her story is credible.