The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has called on the panel's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, to postpone Thursday's hearing in order to investigate Ramirez's accusations. "The article reports that Democratic staff were aware of these allegations, but they never informed Republican staff".
By submitting their respective statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee, all three witnesses did so under penalty of imprisonment, and all three have zero recollection of the house party in question. Deborah Ramirez described the incident after being contacted by The New Yorker magazine.
Flake, who is retiring from the Senate in early January, was among the handful of Republicans who first said the committee should delay a vote until hearing from Ford.
A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, as have all other former classmates who were alleged to have been at the party who spoke to the New Yorker. Ford had written a letter to a California lawmaker about the claim months ago that was passed to Feinstein, but had requested anonymity, and Feinstein said she was trying to honor that.
At Yale University, where Kavanaugh allegedly exposed himself to Ramirez at a party as a freshman in 1983, students filled a hallway in silent protest. But the benefit for Kavanaugh's accusers is that investigators would interview witnesses under the threat of jail for lying, including those who have said they wouldn't testify before the Senate.
Trump made clear on Monday he considered the allegations politically motivated.
The New Yorker published new allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh by his Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. She said that Judge did not name others involved in the incident, and she has no knowledge that Kavanaugh participated.
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"I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted", she told The New Yorker. The White House is standing by the nominee, even as attorney Michael Avenatti indicates that he has "significant evidence" of additional wrongdoing by Kavanaugh.
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.
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"Courageously Dr Ford will tell her story in the face of an impossible choice and vile bullying by the Republican leadership", said Senator Richard Blumenthal, a member of the Judiciary Committee. Lindsey Graham, for instance, said: "What am I supposed to do, go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation?"
Both Ramirez's allegations and McConnell's speech come just days before both Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claims. "Brett Kavanaugh needs to withdraw immediately".
Women's March, a group that grew out of a January 2017 demonstration against Trump, was one of the organizers of the protests.
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.
It's been a particularly traumatizing week for victims of sexual assault and harassment.