A fourth member of the group Dr Christine Blasey Ford claimed to be with at the party where she was allegedly assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied any knowledge of the attack.
"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", her lawyers said in a statement. "This is a smear, plain and simple", said Judge Kavanaugh. The White House in a statement on Saturday continued its support for Kavanaugh, saying he's "eager to testify publicly to defend his integrity and clear his good name".
"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man", Kupec said.
Senate Republicans already faced a high-stakes trade-off with the debate over confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the potential political costs got higher Sunday night with allegations by a second woman of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager.
The agreement came a week after Christine Blasey Ford went public with her allegation against the conservative federal appeals court judge, endangering his confirmation by the Republican-led Senate to a lifetime job on the top us court. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusations. The GOP has faced enormous pressure from its base of conservative leaders and voters to swiftly approve Mr Kavanaugh, who would become the second of Trump's nominees to sit on the nation's highest court.
Kavanaugh and Blasey are scheduled to testify before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, which is considering whether to endorse his Supreme Court nomination. She also accused Kavanaugh of laughing at her in the aftermath and has said the FBI should investigate the incident.
Durbin told ABC's "This Week" that some Republicans "reached out to Democratic senators and assured them that they are looking to this as kind of a determination as to how their final vote" on Kavanaugh is cast. "The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett", the statement reads.
Kavanaugh appeared on a likely path to confirmation in a Senate controlled by the GOP 51-49 until Ford's allegation came to light on September 13, when Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California told the Federal Bureau of Investigation about unspecified information she received in July about the nominee.
"I wasn't going to touch a penis until I was married", she said, referring to her devout Catholic upbringing. Ramirez says she and Kavanaugh were sitting in a small group of students playing a drinking game at the campus' Lawrance Hall.
He passed on multiple questions, labelling them "too personal", but a senior White House official claimed he had struck the right note, suggesting his appearance will be carefully orchestrated to present a likable, clean version of himself.
Within minutes, Senate Judiciary Committee staff sent an email to Avenatti asking for information to promptly start an inquiry. Ford alleges that at a 1982 house party, Kavanaugh, then 17 and "stumbling drunk", pinned her to a bed and groped her, leaving her fearful for her life before she escaped.
In a sign of just how nervous Senate Republicans are about seeming dismissive or disrespectful to Ford, the committee has suggested hiring a female outside counsel to conduct the questioning. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in person under oath before the committee. "She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge".
Ramirez is calling for an FBI investigation of her claim.