A second woman is now coming forward, accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. And she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up, and she doesn't know it was him. Deborah Ramirez alleged in a story published by The New Yorker Sunday night that while she and Kavanaugh both attended Yale University in the early 1980s, he pulled down his trousers and exposed himself to her.
Often nodding in agreement as the judge spoke, Ashley Kavanaugh said she's known him for 17 years and described him as "decent. kind. and good" as she defended him.
After delivering a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Trump lashed out at Deborah Ramirez, the second accuser to bring allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens decades ago. A woman who was present, another woman who was present, who is Dr Ford's lifelong friend, has said she does not know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life.
"If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus", Kavanaugh said. "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so".
The new allegation, reported Sunday by The New Yorker magazine, prompted the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, to call for a postponement of Thursday's highly-anticipated hearing where Kavanaugh and Ford are to testify. Kavanaugh has denied both allegations.
Ahead of the hearing with Ford, Republicans have been rallying to Kavanaugh's defense, accusing Democrats of waging a "smear campaign" against the appellate judge and stressing that there should be a presumption of innocence.
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.
Kavanaugh, who along with Ford is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, denies the allegations.
All the Republicans on the panel are men. "This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said in a statement issued through the White House. If they do, it would likely spoil the chances of a hardline conservative judge - or any Trump-chosen nominee - to be confirmed in a full Senate vote and could potentially force Trump to choose a more moderate candidate.
"Certainly we would be open to that, and that process could take place on Thursday", Sanders said during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, adding: "The president has been clear, let them speak". "Not ever", Kavanaugh told Fox News, adding that he has no intention of bowing out of the nomination. Several Republican senators have said they won't decide how to vote on Kavanaugh until after the hearing.
Take Action to Support Survivors and Oppose Brett KavanaughTake Action to Support Survivors and Oppose Brett KavanaughRepublicans continue to rush Kavanaugh's confirmation and dismiss the serious allegations.
Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Kavanaugh confirmed.