Kavanaugh says new allegations are ‘ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone’ as he prepares to appear before Senate committee

Republicans continued to express confidence in supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh as he faced fresh allegations of sexual misconduct and calls to withdraw one day before he is scheduled to testify in an extraordinary public hearing that could determine the fate of his nomination.

Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual assault when they were teenagers in high school, are scheduled to appear before the Senate judiciary committee on Thursday morning, as the panel grapples with new claims brought by a third accuser, Julie Swetnick.

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