Republicans, who hold a paper-thin majority in the Senate, can ill afford defections if Kavanaugh is to be approved. Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.
In the last week, three sources in the same class at Yale and familiar with Ramirez's accusation also told NBC about it, and Senate Democrats had reportedly begun investigating it. "I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as "PJ" who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post", Smyth said in his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party 36 years ago, pinning her down and trying to take off her clothes, when she was 15 and he was 17.
Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, acknowledged that lawmakers will "probably not" be able to know the truth of Christine Blasey Ford's decades-old allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a house party when they were teenagers. "I am with him all the way", Trump said after arriving in NY to attend the U.N. General Assembly, calling the allegations against his nominee for a lifetime post on the top USA court politically motivated.
Michael Avenetti, a U.S. lawyer known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her cases against President Trump, has alleged on Twitter that he is representing a third woman with "credible information" regarding Judge Kavanaugh and the alleged witness to Prof Ford's assault, Mark Judge.
Trump contended that Ford's decision to wait so late before going public shows the incident probably was not "as bad as she says" - even if this runs counter to what experts say is the typical reaction of sexual assault victims afraid or embarrassed to report.
"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", the statement read. Kavanaugh also is set to appear at the hearing.
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Trump was asked about Rosenstein's future in the administration during an interview on "Fox & Friends" Monday. Other Justice Department sources argued that Rosenstein was being sarcastic when making the wire comment.
Ramirez admits that parts of her memory on the alleged incident are fuzzy, but she tells the New Yorker she was confident enough to come forward and recount these details.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The two have agreed to a date and time after almost a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear at all.
The fresh allegation by Ms Ramirez has fuelled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
"The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh", her statement added. "This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh".
Kellyanne Conway says the country shouldn't make Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh pay for "pent-up" demand by women incensed about sexual misconduct.
Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote.