Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has hired an attorney amid fresh allegations of sexual misconduct while he was in high school, according to CNN

Citing multiple sources, CNN reported that Kavanaugh has hired Beth Wilkinson, a founding partner of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, a trial and litigation law firm in Washington, D.C. 

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Wilkinson represents clients before the Department of Justice, Congress and other government agencies, according to her bio page. Kavanaugh said Monday that he is willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee against Christine Blasey Ford, the woman bringing the allegation forward. 

Wilkinson did not immediately return a phone call from The Hill requesting comment. 

In addition to her career as a defense lawyer, Wilkinson is also known for successfully prosecuting Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for their roles in the April 1995 bombing that left 168 people dead.

Kavanaugh on Monday flatly denied Ford's claims, calling her accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to pull off her clothes during a high school party in the 1980s a "completely false allegation."

"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone," Kavanaugh said. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday."

The accusations have thrown Kavanaugh's confirmation into turmoil, with Democrats pressing the GOP to delay a planned vote on Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination.