The White House is open to having Deborah Ramirez, the second woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, testify on Thursday alongside the first accuser and Kavanaugh, press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday. "The second accuser doesn't even know". If she lied to the New Yorker to smear a political enemy in the biggest possible spotlight, swearing on a Bible to tell the truth wouldn't scare her away from maintaining the lie.
Ramirez told the magazine she was on the floor, drunk at a Yale party when the alleged incident took place.
"Labeling this a partisan smear job demeans not only the senators in my caucus", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said.
For Democrats, the row is a golden opportunity to build on anger among female voters at Trump's often dismissive attitude to allegations of sexual misconduct - including against the president himself. He said he did not remember being at a party with her.
Trump says Ramirez says it might not have been Kavanaugh and there were gaps in her memory.
Ford alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh and another boy shut her in a room and tried to tear her clothes off at a high school beer party in suburban Washington around 1982, when she was 15 and he 17. He has denied sexually assaulting anyone.
"Many years after. I'll leave it at that", Kavanaugh said.
Mr Trump, at the United Nations for his second General Assembly meeting, called the allegations unfair and unsubstantiated, made by accusers who come "out of the woodwork". "No one is trying to hide from this.in fact, Brett Kavanaugh has been leaning in". Sources exaggerate their résumés, underplay things that make them look bad, make mistakes about what happened or simply outright lie.
In an interview with Fox News aired on Monday night, Kavanaugh said he "never sexually assaulted anyone", has "always treated women with dignity and respect" and "did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".
All the Republican senators questioning Prof Ford will be men.
"So the question is: Did he achieve his objective, which is assuring the American public he respects women?" she added.
And two former Yale classmates of Kavanaugh took issue Tuesday with his claims that he did not drink excessively or take part in abusing women during his university years.
Appearing alongside his wife Ashley in an interview on the White House-friendly network Fox News - after weeks of avoiding the media - a visibly emotional Kavanaugh doubled down, insisting: "I'm not going anywhere". I have no idea; what I know is that sometimes, they do.
Avenatti has yet to reveal the identity of the woman or her story, but has said he expects do so before Thursday's Senate hearing.
Blasey Ford's lawyers have yet to say they agree with that move or other conditions Grassley has imposed.
It's unclear whether these protests will have any effect on the Senate Republicans, who seem dead set on holding a vote, regardless of the mounting accusations against Kavanaugh. Now that these sexual assault allegations have surfaced, it is up to the Senate to decide whether Kavanaugh will still be appointed to the Supreme Court.