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President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a divided U.S. Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge “a con game being played by the Democrats.”

In a break from convention, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans will use an outside lawyer at a high-stakes hearing on Thursday to question Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. Typically, senators themselves do the questioning.

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