Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation sets up a high-stakes trade-off for the GOP

Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation sets up a high-stakes trade-off for the GOP

In a statement provided by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple". Kavanaugh denies the claim.

The nation's capital was up late Sunday reacting to news that a second woman had lodged sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Her husband, Mr Russell Ford, was quoted by the Post as saying the thought that Mr Brett Kavanaugh could be considered for the Supreme Court after Mr Trump took office troubled his wife so much that she considered moving as far away as New Zealand. Telling other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee could risk outing Ford, who had asked that her identity be protected.

"I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", the letter reads.

Democrats called for the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it is unnecessary. Though she told the New Yorker she was not "politically motivated" to share her story, the RNC presented other details that, they think, call this into question. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes -- to her or to anyone". "She has agreed to move forward with a hearing even though the Committee has refused to subpoena Mark Judge".

A senior White House adviser meanwhile also suggested the allegations were political.

McConnell was criticized by Ford's supporters Friday after he vowed to a group of religious conservatives that Kavanaugh would soon be on the Supreme Court.

"I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there", she said. She alleges Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her on a bed at a party while the two were in high school.

The judge has denied both allegations, labelling the latest "a smear".

Lawyers for Ford said in a statement on Sunday that she has committed to testifying in an open hearing on Thursday about her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Feinstein's team considered hiring their own investigator to look at the allegations, but Senate rules mean that both parties on a committee have to consult with each other, AP reported.

The New Yorker said it contacted Ms Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Mr Kavanaugh.

His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate seemed assured until Ford said in a Washington Post interview that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party when they were in high school in Maryland and she was 15 years old.

The New Yorker says Ramirez was initially reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's alleged role, but she became confident enough in her story after six days of recalling her memories and consulting her attorney.

Support for Kavanaugh has dropped across the board, Fox News' pollsters found: 12 points among independents, 11 points among suburban women, 5 points among men, 4 points among Republicans, 10 points among voters under 45, and 11 points among voters in counties where the 2016 margin between President Trump and Hillary Clinton was 10 points or less.

Speaking to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity prior to the rally, Trump addressed the Democrats' demand for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the Kavanaugh accusations, questioning why the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not notified "36 years ago" when the incident allegedly occurred.

"Simply put", Walsh said, "Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford".

Davis continued by noting that the Senate rule that he referenced in his initial tweet "was passed following a special counsel investigation of Senate leaks of confidential information about Anita Hill" and "calls for expulsion of any Senators or staff who violate the ban on leaks of confidential committee information".

"We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale", the statement reads, adding some of them were also friends with Ramirez during and after their time at Yale.

She made several requests, some of which were accommodated - a Thursday hearing, three days later than originally scheduled, and a smaller hearing room with less press access to avoid a media circus, for example. She says he covered her mouth and tried to remove her clothing.