As the professor who accused the US Supreme Court nominee of sexual abuse is set to testify on her claims, Senate Democrats are investigating yet another "credible allegation" about Brett Kavanaugh's misconduct while in college.
A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man".
Kavanaugh is slated to testify Thursday about the first allegation of sexual assault, dating back from a high school party more than 35 years ago.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday laid out his conditions for Christine Blasey Ford's testimony regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee can not hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses", Mike Davis, Grassley's top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ford's lawyers obtained by The Associated Press.
In a freaky turn, one of those allies, the conservative legal analyst Edward Whelan, posted pictures on Twitter Thursday night of a high school classmate of Kavanaugh's - with the man's name - and suggested he was responsible for the assault.
According to Bloomberg News, Republicans also refused to accede to Ford's lawyers request that the Judiciary Committee subpoena Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge to testify.
We are not going to turn over to the other side how many witnesses to call. Most Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have stood by Kavanaugh, but a handful of GOP senators - including several who have not yet pledged public support for his nomination - have expressed concern over Ford's allegations, and said her allegations could affect their support. "I remember a penis being in front of my face", she told the magazine. "After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party".
Ford initially indicated she wanted to tell her story to the committee, but talks dragged on as her lawyers negotiated terms of her appearance.
In other words, Ford expects to be believed without question because 36 years ago she suffered what for any woman would be a devastating experience she "will never forget" - but she demands to be excused for not recalling key facts about the unforgettable. Another two Democrats are aware of the issue.
"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", he said in a statement published by the magazine.
Under siege: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has roundly denied the allegations.
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In a Saturday email, attorneys Katz and Lisa Banks said many aspects of the proposal made by the Senate panel "are fundamentally inconsistent with the committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations, and we are disappointed with the leaks and the bullying that have tainted the process".
The developments could also determine the fate of Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators.
Feinstein also linked to a statement in which she blasted Republicans for their insistence (at the time) on holding a hearing with Ford on Monday as scheduled: "I'm shocked and appalled by the Republicans' refusal to wait 24 hours for a hearing". All signs so far still point towards Kavanaugh's confirmation, but the reckoning and resolution is not in securing vindication, but in demanding it.
"I don't think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter", he said.
Kavanaugh is President Trump's choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.
Blasey's legal team said Sunday that she had agreed to speak with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday after days of heated negotiations.