"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump in July for a lifetime job on the top US court, wrote in a letter to the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the confirmation process. Christine Blasey Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teenager.
The president has said that Republicans are too easily manipulated by Democrats, that he is sick of Ford's attorneys getting their way and that he does not believe her accusations are credible, according to a Republican briefed on Trump's private comments.
Kavanaugh, who also denies that allegation, said he wishes to testify as soon as possible to clear his name following Ford's claims that he attacked her at a high school party.
Just hours later, The New Yorker dropped a new bombshell, reporting that a second woman was accusing the Washington appeals court judge of sexual misconduct, while they were students at Yale University around 1983-84.
Ms. Blasey Ford, a California psychologist and college professor, is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "There is now a frenzy to come up with something-anything-that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring", Kavanaugh said. Kavanaugh strongly denies both claims. "I was never at any such party", Kavanaugh said.
As part of a concerted pushback by Brett Kavanaugh and the White House against mounting calls to put his nomination on hold, the federal judge appeared alongside his wife in a televised interview where he provided intimate details of his youth. In high school I think all of us have done things we look back on in high school and cringe a bit.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, backed up here by his wife Ashley, sat for three straight days before the Senate Judiciary Committee in early September. Kavanaugh is alleged to have thrust his exposed penis in front of Ramirez's face as onlookers watched, investigative journalists Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer wrote.
"The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the judge said in a statement.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's latest defense against sexual assault allegations - that he was a virgin in high school and college - has been met with swift and angry backlash on social media, where many have pointed out the obvious: that one's virginity status has no impact on the ability to cross another person's sexual boundaries.
On the Senate floor, McConnell tried undermining Kavanaugh's two accusers' stories. Kavanaugh said all of the witnesses identified by Ford as being present at the party she describes are on the record to the Committee saying they have no recollection of any such party happening. I did not observe the specific incident in question, but I do remember Brett frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.
The Republican chairman of the panel, Sen. About Ramirez's claim, which allegedly took place at Yale, Kavanaugh twice said it would have been the "talk of campus" if it had actually happened. "The Senate should shut this circus down and move the Kavanaugh confirmation to a timely vote". Lawyer Michael Avenatti said he was representing a woman with information about high school-era parties attended by Kavanaugh and urged the Senate to investigate.