Rep. Debbie Dingell says she heard of gang rapes taking place when she was in college

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellPro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA Pelosi gets standing ovation at Kennedy Center Honors Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware MORE (D-Mich.) said in an interview on Thursday that she heard of gang rapes taking place when she was in college. 

"Unfortunately, yes, when I was in college," Dingell told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball during an interview "Rising."

Dingell was asked about the allegations from Julie Swetnick, who in a sworn declaration released on Wednesday wrote of attending parties where gang rapes took place. Swetnick also said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had been present at the parties, and she accused him of overly aggressive behavior toward women, including groping.

"This is where we need to take deep breaths. I think we should be having an FBI investigation. We need to get what the facts are," Dingell said.

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the allegations, calling them something out of the "Twilight Zone."

Swetnick is the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations. 

Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to make a public allegation against Kavanaugh, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. 

— Julia Manchester