The woman who accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 will testify at a high-stakes Senate hearing on Thursday that could determine whether he is confirmed or rejected.
They will both testify in front of the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday at 10am local time (14:00 GMT).
That poll also found that about a third of Americans (32%) believe Ford's claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s, while 26% believe Kavanaugh's denials, and 42% don't know who to believe.
Trump spoke to reporters at the United Nations as his embattled nominee faces accusations of sexual misconduct Kavanaugh emphatically denies.
Reuters was not immediately able to verify the substance of the woman's allegation.
"So she hired Stan Garnett, who is a career prosecutor and someone who is very experienced in handling sex crimes, knows how to work with victims, knows how to talk with victims in ways that are not suggesting information to make sure they can work through their recollections and come up with the information they know is accurate and that's what they did", he told the "Today" show. "They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult".
He added: "It's possible that I'll hear that and I'll say I'm changing my mind". Orrin Hatch, have called this attack on Kavanaugh a political "smear" campaign.
His attorney, Beth Wilkinson, in televised interviews on Wednesday, said Ford's declarations cited recent interactions, not discussions at the time of the alleged incident, and that it was hard to corroborate an accusation 36 years later.
He said that he would be willing to reconsider his choice of Kavanaugh after Thursday, depending on the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, one of his accusers, who is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh is being challenged on multiple fronts, with his accusers and former classmates and college friends saying the good-guy image he is projecting to the public bears little relation to the hard-partying behavior they witnessed in his youth.
After Trump's remarks in New York Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released transcripts that revealed the panel also questioned Kavanaugh about two other accusations that were previously unknown.
"I believed he was going to rape me". She tweeted that the Senate's handling of Ford's claim "sends a message to survivors about how their allegations will be received if they take the fearless step of coming forward".
In a sworn statement prepared by Avenatti and submitted to committee, Swetnick said that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were present at a party where she was drugged and "gang raped". "I'm confident that he will be confirmed in the very near future", he added.
While Trump has wondered if he was well-advised to choose Kavanaugh, he now believes that Republicans must fight back harder, mindful of the message it would send to his supporters if the GOP-controlled Senate can not help him get another conservative jurist on the high court.
The court now has a 5-4 conservative majority and if Judge Kavanaugh is appointed, it would take the court further to the right.
She says she witnessed Kavanaugh "drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking "No" for an answer".