An Additional Allegation and The Government Stays Open

A third woman came forward accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The woman is Julie Swetnick, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s in high school. Swetnick signed an affidavit under the pains and penalties of perjury stating that she saw Kavanaugh in the early 1980s "drink excessively at many" house parties in suburban Maryland. At the time, Kavanaugh and his friend Judge were students at Georgetown Prep, a private Catholic all-boys school. Swetnick said Kavanaugh and Judge engaged in "abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls," which "included the fondling and groping of girls without their consent" and "not taking 'No' for an answer." The Washington Post reported that one of Kavanaugh's ex-girlfriends, Elizabeth Rasor, informed the Judiciary Committee through her lawyer on Wednesday that she would be willing to speak to the committee and the FBI about her recollection of what Judge allegedly told her an incident involving group sex. All 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to either "immediately withdraw the nomination or order an FBI investigation into all the allegations." In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Kavanaugh claimed that this was all "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone….I don't know who this is and this never happened," said Kavanaugh, who earlier this week told Fox News "I've never sexually assaulted anyone." The White House is still standing by their nominee.  Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told CNBC that the White House "stands with Kavanaugh." Trump was asked by a New York reporter if he thinks "all three women are lying," Trump replied: "What's your next question."

Trump committed today to signing a $852 billion funding bill that would avert a partial government shutdown on midnight on Sunday. The bill allegedly funds the Pentagon along with key domestic agencies. The bill includes $675 billion for the Defense Department and boosts military pay by 2.6 percent, the largest pay raise in nine years. It also increases spending for Health and Human Services, Education, Labor and other agencies, including a 5 percent boost for the National Institutes of Health. The bill additionally contains a stopgap spending provision to keep the rest of the government open through December 7. In reference to his approval of the bill Trump said; “We’re going to keep the government open.”