Committee to look into second woman's accusation against Kavanaugh

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Judiciary Committee staff say they will look into a report that a second woman is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Judiciary spokesman Taylor Foy says Republican committee staff found out about the claim when The New Yorker reported that Deborah Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party.

The New Yorker piece says Senate Democrats have been looking into the allegations. Foy says Democrats "actively withheld information" from the Republicans and "it increasingly appears that they are more interested in a political takedown than pursuing allegations through a bipartisan and professional investigative process."

Foy said the committee is also looking into comments by lawyer Michael Avenatti Sunday that he represents a woman with information about high school-era parties attended by Kavanaugh.

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking "immediate postponement" of any further action on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court amid a new report of alleged sexual misconduct.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California sent a letter late Sunday to GOP Chairman Chuck Grassley after The New Yorker magazine reported that Senate Democrats are investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by the nominee when he was a Yale freshman.

Feinstein also asked Grassley to have the FBI investigate both allegations.

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