Trump, speaking in NY where he was attending the United Nations annual assembly, threw his full weight behind Kavanaugh whose once straightforward progress to the nation's highest court has been hit by two bombshell accusations of sexual misconduct from his school and university days.
Ford is set to testify publicly at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about the allegations and Kavanaugh is expected to testify afterward in response to the same panel.
McConnell's emphasis on fairness comes as Republican leaders have ramped up efforts to solidify support for Kavanaugh among GOP senators.
The magazine said it has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party at issue in Ramirez's account.
And so McConnell added his own voice to those of the right-wing media and Kavanaugh himself in holding that a tactical retreat on this confirmation is not on the table, even if there are people in the White House and elsewhere whispering to Donald Trump to dump this loser nominee to preempt a defeat that could make POTUS look weak.
Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory (at microphones) and Women's March on Washington creator Bob Bland (2nd-R) address a rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the court September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Trump, at a photo op during his visit to the United Nations, said the accusations were part of a "con game being played by Democrats".
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination. When asked Tuesday if there should be a full FBI investigation about the claims, she said: "Well, it would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?" Regarding alcohol, he said he never drank so much that he could not remember what happened the night before. "And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends". Jeff Flake, a Republican on the committee, has expressed concerns over the sexual assault allegations.
Throughout the interview, Kavanaugh said he wanted a "fair process" and said he would not let "false accusations drive me out of this process".
An aide to another U.S. Senator said the "allegations seem credible, and we're taking them very seriously". The 53-year-old opened up about Kavanaugh's alleged inappropriate behavior in an interview with Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker.
Some Democratic senators running for re-election in states where Trump is popular have not yet announced their intentions.
She said on CBS "This Morning" that the allegations against Kavanaugh, now by a second woman, sound like a "vast left-wing conspiracy".
Prior to the walkout, dozens of rights groups held a protest in the Senate office buildings, as well as outside the Supreme Court.
A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, told the New Yorker she attended Yale with Kavanaugh and remembers Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at a dormitory party.
"It's shameful - shameful - to doubt these women's sincerity", Mr. Schumer said.