Hatch on new Kavanaugh accusations: ‘I don’t think we should put up with it’

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is encouraging the Senate Judiciary Committee to move forward in the process to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a third woman has emerged with sexual misconduct allegations regarding him. 

“It’s amazing to me that these kinds of things have come up way after the fact, way after the end of the committee hearings,” Hatch said regarding the most recent allegations, according to CNN. “It shows there are people who would stop at nothing.”

{mosads}”I don’t think it’s fair to Brett Kavanaugh, I don’t think it’s fair to our system, I don’t think it’s fair to the process,” Hatch said.

“I don’t think we should put up with it, to be honest with you,” he added.

Julie Swetnick on Wednesday went public with new allegations against Kavanaugh, claiming through her lawyer Michael Avenatti that Kavanaugh was present at a high school party where she was drugged and raped by a group of men in the 1980s. 

She is claiming she saw Kavanaugh “engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking ‘no’ for an answer.” She is alleging Kavanaugh and his friends “spiked” punch at parties and “gang raped” drunk girls. 

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations, saying they are “from the Twilight Zone.”

Hatch has stood by Kavanaugh since the beginning of his nomination, standing up for the Supreme Court pick as two previous women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against him. 

Hatch in the past week called the allegations from Deborah Ramirez “phony” and accused Christine Blasey Ford of being “mixed up.” 

Ramirez is accusing Kavanaugh of exposing himself and thrusting his penis in her face without her consent during a gathering at Yale University in the 1980s.

Ford claims Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothes during a high school party in 1982.

He has forcefully denied both accounts. 

Senate Judiciary Democrats on Wednesday called on Trump to either withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination or order an FBI investigation into the three allegations against him. 

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