The drumbeat on both sides has increased since the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed this week it will hold a hearing Thursday in which Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford will testify over allegations he assaulted her at a high school party more than 30 years ago. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone". The New Yorker reported Sunday that Deborah Ramirez, 53, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party during his freshman year at Yale.
His second accuser Deborah Ramirez claims he unzipped his trousers and shoved his penis in her face during a drunken party while they were students at Yale in the 1983-84 school year.
"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process and we're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity my lifelong record". The move is without parallel, as every Supreme Court nominee in recent memory has avoided media interviews during the Senate confirmation process. Jeff Flake, a Republican on the committee, has expressed concerns over the sexual assault allegations. For Trump, the hearing is dangerously unpredictable, carrying the potential to tarnish not only Kavanaugh but also the Republican Party itself weeks before the election.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Sunday slammed Democrats for "withholding information" in relation to the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
"In a Twitter post, Farrow said it was "not accurate" for a Washington Post columnist to have tweeted that the Times "'declined' to publish" Deborah Ramirez's claims, a story Farrow and Mayer broke online Sunday night.
Mr Kavanaugh says threats of violence against his family and "the coordinated effort to destroy my good name" will not drive him out.
The New Yorker said it contacted Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Kavanaugh.
Trump backs Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh despite lurid sex claims
She made a decision to come forward after "assessing her memories" and consulting with her lawyer, the magazine said. Mr Kavanaugh said: "If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus".
Trump made clear that he expects the Republican-controlled Senate to stick by Kavanaugh, who he said was being smeared by his Democratic opponents.
"It would be sad, indeed, if something happened to reroute that", the president said, adding that the last-minute surfacing of charges against his nominee dating back three decades or more was "totally political". It has also forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.
Their message? Believe the accounts of the two women who have shared stories of sexual misconduct with Kavanaugh and stop his nomination.
"At the end of the day, we know our faith is strong and we know that we are on the right path", Ashley Estes Kavanaugh said at the top of the interview.
These accusations will officially be addressed when both Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford (the first accuser) will testify in front of an open hearing this Thursday.
Certainly, some of the questions posed were so empathetic towards the Kavanaughs that they bordered on softball.
"I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter", he told Fox News, appearing alongside his wife Ashley ahead of his own Senate testimony due after Ford's.
"If you're not familiar with what Supreme Court nominees normally do, this is not what they normally do", HuffPost senior reporter Jeffrey Young tweeted.