'This Process Needs to Stop Right Now': Demand for Withdrawal of Kavanaugh Nomination After Swetnick Rape Allegations

As the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed on Wednesday a sworn statement given by Julie Swetnick, who alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took part in gang-raping girls as a high school student and was “present” when she herself was gang-raped at a party when in high school,Democratic lawmakers and political observers demanded that Kavanaugh’s nomination be immediately withdrawn.

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“Given the mounting allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee hearings should be canceled, and Kavanaugh’s nomination must be withdrawn,” Shaunna Thomas, executive director of UltraViolet, said in a statement. “It is a travesty to force Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify alone, when there are numerous other accusers and witnesses who have valuable testimony to provide to the Senate. Violence against women should have no place in our society and it certainly should have no place on the highest court in the nation. This charade has gone on long enough: Kavanaugh must withdraw immediately.”

Planned Parenthood also called for an FBI investigation into Swetnick’s claims, as well as those of Deborah Ramirez and Ford, the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of assault. Ford is scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday and agreed to do so despite the White House’s refusal to order the Justice Department to investigate her allegations.

“What we do as a Senate today, how we react to these allegations and what message we send by how we deal with them, is critically important,” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC on Wednesday after Swetnick went public.

Swetnick’s sworn statement was released about 24 hours before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was scheduled to testify before the Judiciary Committee, and hours after Ford’s lawyers released four sworn statements from supporting witnesses corroborating her claim of sexual assault—statements that the Republican-led committee has shown no interest in examining.