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Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Public hearing scheduled for Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, woman accusing him of sexual assault

The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a public hearing for next Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault.

The White House said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is ready to testify in the Senate as soon as Tuesday so “he can clear his name of this false allegation” about a sexual assault while in high school.

Republicans say plans are in the works for a public session for both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who is accusing him of sexual assault when they were high-school age. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says Kavanaugh “looks forward to a hearing” and “stands ready to testify.”

Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana told reporters the public session would be a “full opportunity” for both to be heard.

A Senate aide says the hearing will likely be held next week.

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