"I look at the second accuser - the second accuser has nothing". "In the years following the therapy session, we spoke a number of times about how the assault affected her".
On the same day that he treated the United Nations General Assembly to its own special Trump rally in a speech that drove the usually staid gathering of diplomats and bureaucrats to laughter, the president went off at impressive length about the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh during a press conference at the U.N. with the Colombian president Iván Duque Márquez.
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. Ford is expected to detail her allegations that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes at a house party in the early 1980s.
In what amounted to a dry run for his grilling by the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh took the extraordinary step of conducting an interview with Fox News Channel that aired Monday night.
The allegations, dating back to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation to the top US court in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away. "So that - as a former prosecutor, I can tell you that only helps her credibility because somebody's not going to falsify a report that has that kind of gap", Clune said.
Republicans are concerned that, win or lose, the battle over Kavanaugh's nomination is further animating women already inclined to vote against Trump's party in November's elections in which control of the next Congress is at stake.
"The central point is that there is no precedent for this Committee to bring in outside counsel for the sole goal of shielding the members of the Committee from performing their responsibility to question witnesses", Bromwich said.
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.
Bromwich also said it was hard to conclude that the upcoming hearing will be "fair and credible", which is what the Committee has sought, given that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is calling the accusations against Kavanaugh part of a Democratic Party "smear campaign".
GOP lawmakers are "missing the power of the previous year, where people have so powerfully and importantly named their experiences", said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center.
The new accusation in a report from The New Yorker came just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing on Thursday for Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Blasey Ford.
Kavanaugh faces two accusers.
"There is nothing for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to go look at from a forensic point of view", he said.
He also accused Judge Kavanaugh of misleading senators in previous hearings.
"I had never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever", Kavanaugh said in an interview with Fox News.
But first Blasey Ford and now Ramirez have thrown his nomination into doubt, even though their allegations lack the support of solid, corroborating witnesses.
"How anybody that's allegedly educated and worked themselves into the position of being a senator can have such an inane assumption is insane", Gavin said.
Kavanaugh was a "notably heavy drinker" in school who "became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk", Roche said.
Meanwhile, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on McConnell to apologize for describing the accusations against Kavanaugh as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats.