A Senate committee will investigate fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - claims Donald Trump dismissed on Monday as a "totally political" attempt to stop Republicans cementing a solid conservative majority on the bench.
Ford's lawyers said that in a Sunday morning call with committee staff members they agreed to the hearing even though the committee refused to subpoena Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford said witnessed the attack, as well as others she said were present.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
GOP Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, after a dayslong negotiation with Ford's attorneys, has acceded to some of her requests in order for her to appear before the committee this week.
Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking member Dianne Feinstein, in a letter, urged President Donald Trump to direct the Federal Bureau of Investigation to immediately and thoroughly investigate Ford's allegations and report to the Senate as soon as possible. "I hope she comes". Kavanaugh denied the allegation in person under oath before the committee.
Conway said, "I don't think one man's shoulders should bear decades of the #MeToo movement" that has toppled powerful men across industries over the a year ago.
"Simply put, 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", Howard Walsh, an attorney for Keyser, wrote.
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Keyser, according to Walsh, believes Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh.
The president's comments infuriated Democrats, dismayed many Republicans and risked further alienating women voters ahead of the November 6 mid-term elections, in which Democrats have a chance to win control of the House and perhaps the Senate. One classmate, who did not want to be identified, said he was "100 percent" certain that he heard Kavanaugh had exposed himself to Deborah.
In The New Yorker story by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, Ramirez claims the incident happened during a drinking game at a college party.
Justice Kavanaugh is the second judge being nominated by Trump on the nine-member US Supreme Court. "I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name-and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building-against these last-minute allegations". "It's also unremarkable that Ms. Keyser does not remember attending a specific gathering 30 years ago at which nothing of outcome happened to her. Dr. Ford, of course, will never forget this gathering because of what happened to her there".
Trump contended that Ford's decision to wait so late before going public shows the incident probably was not "as bad as she says" - even if this runs counter to what experts say is the typical reaction of sexual assault victims afraid or embarrassed to report.
Republicans have been pressing for a swift hearing and a vote.
The new allegations have prompted a key senator to call for "an immediate postponement" of any further proceedings by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering Kavanaugh's nomination. Let him say what he has to say and that in the end these senators will make a choice'.
Before Mr Kavanaugh can take up the vacant seat, he has to be approved by the 21-strong Senate Judiciary Committee and then the whole Senate. But an anonymous classmate who did not attend the party told the New Yorker he's sure he was told about the incident at the time.