Senate investigators questioned Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about two new claims of sexual misconduct, including one from an anonymous Colorado tipster who says Kavanaugh shoved an unnamed woman up against a wall aggressively and sexually in 1998.
That corresponds to a period of time when Kavanaugh was working for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, investigating then-President Bill Clintons illicit sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The Colorado accusation took up one moment in an hour-long phone interview between Kavanaugh and Judiciary Committee lawyers on Tuesday.
They also asked him about a separate claim that he and longtime friend Mark Judge sexually assaulted a woman on a boat near Newport, Rhode Island in 1985. The man who leveled that charge recanted it publicly Wednesday night.
Kavanaugh denied both allegations, calling them made up, ridiculous and total Twilight Zone. He is set to testify Thursday in a hearing where senators will also question Christine Ford, the California woman who claims that he sexually assaulted her during a beer-soaked high school party.
The future ideological balance of the United States Supreme Court, the Trump administrations credibility, and the politics of Novembers congressional elections all hang in the balance.
Brett Kavanaugh was a staff attorney for the Bill Clinton-hunting Independent Counsel Ken Starr in 1998 (pictured) when, according to an anonymous person who wrote to a Democratic lawmaker, the future Supreme Court nominee sexually pushed a woman up against a wall after getting drunk
It was mailed in Denver on Saturday but included no return address; Senate aides say they arent taking it seriously but asked Kavanaugh about it as a matter of course
The Colorado accusation came in a letter to Democratic Sen. Cory Gardner, postmarked Saturday but bearing no name, signature or return address.
Kavanaugh, a federal judge on the D.C. Circuit, has been beseiged by sexual misconduct claims since becoming President Trumps high court pick
I will remain anonymous, but I feel obligated to inform you of this 1998 incident involving Brett Kavanaugh. When he was the author of the Starr Report, my daughter (from Boulder, Colorado) occasionally socialized with Brett Kavanaugh, it reads.
Describing an alleged 1998 incident outside a Washington, D.C. bar, the author writes that his daughters friend was dating Kavanaugh at the time.
When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually, the letter continues. There were at least four witnesses including my daughter.
Kavanaugh said it never happened, according ot the call transcript, labeling the charge crazy town and a smear campaign.
Were dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend. Its ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone. And no, Ive never done anything like that, he told investigators.
Washington (CNN)Republican investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about two new allegations against him, according to a transcript of a conference call released by the committee.