Brett Kavanaugh's embattled nomination for the Supreme Court faced further disarray Sunday night after an explosive new account emerged of alleged sexual misconduct when he was in college, putting the White House on the defensive and the judge's confirmation in fresh doubt.
Trump said that he would not likely be able to convince Democrats to vote for Kavanaugh, which means he would need the support of nearly every Republican in the Senate.
Mr Grassley's stance reflected a desire by Mr Trump and Republican leaders to usher Mr Kavanaugh on to the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections.
Kavanaugh could try to indirectly address the Ramirez allegation in the Ford hearing by answering questions about his partying habits and sexual proclivities in a way that gets across he didn't expose himself to Ford.
Mr. Avenatti has not detailed the allegation but has taken to Twitter to lay out demands.
Democrats again called for the FBI to investigate Ford's claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it's unnecessary.
Her allegation against the conservative federal appeals court judge has endangered his confirmation by the Republican-led Senate to a lifetime job on the top US court.
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement, "This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man". The New Yorker story, however, said senior Republican staffers were informed last week. Ramirez says she and Kavanaugh were sitting in a small group of students playing a drinking game at the campus' Lawrance Hall. Ramirez and her attorney could not be reached for comment on the record.
Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump in July to replace the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired. The magazine also reported that Ramirez spent six days "carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney" before telling the full version of her story. Ramirez asked that the FBI investigate her story saying, "At least look at it".
Trump mused to confidants that the "fake" attacks against his nominee were meant to undermine his presidency, according to a White House official and a Republican close to the White House.
"Following Dr Ford's testimony, Judge Kavanaugh will appear again before the committee", a media statement said. All three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question, the committee said. The magazine said numerous people they contacted did not respond to interview requests, others declined to comment or said they did not attend or remember the party. Later, she said, she was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words, as that male student and another stood nearby. "Senator Gardner absolutely supports efforts by the Senate Judiciary Committee to gather more information and investigate these claims". The anti-sexual-harassment organization Times Up tweeted on Sunday that "WOMEN MUST BE HEARD" in a "MOMENT OF SOLIDARITY" with Kavanaugh's accusers, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.
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