White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, responding to the latest allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior against Brett Kavanaugh, suggested Monday that "it's starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy" against the embattled Supreme Court nominee.
On Sunday, Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate of the now-Supreme Court nominee at Yale in the 1980s, told the New Yorker that he put his genitalia in her face during a party. She tells the New Yorker she recalls other students telling her to kiss it. Ramirez says she pushed the person away, touching the penis in the process, and then saw Kavanaugh standing next to her, pulling his trousers up and laughing.
Earlier, Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said lawyers for Ms Ford were contesting two GOP conditions - that Ms Ford and Mr Kavanaugh would be the only witnesses and that an independent counsel would ask the questions.
Ford's attorneys say that several requests they have made of the committee have been refused, such as calling additional witnesses who Ford remembers being at the party, and having the FBI investigate her story. And for people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mentioned it. She said that she pushed the person away, touching it in the process.
Hartmann said the committee would begin "looking into the allegations" but would not commit to calling in additional witnesses for the hearing. His client is not Ramirez, Avenatti tweeted.
A White House spokeswoman says the administration stands by the nominee, labelling the allegation "the latest in coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down". This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.
The New Yorker said it contacted Ms Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Mr Kavanaugh. "It was a story that was known, but it was a story that i was embarrassed about", she admitted. "Neither did (The New Yorker reporters)", he said.
They could also use Republican staff attorneys on the committee. "I remember a penis being in front of my face", she told the magazine.More news: Killed In Iran's Military Parade, IS Claims Responsibility
More news: Gary Cahill: Chelsea should respect what I've done and let me leave
More news: PGA Tour announces changes to FedEx Cup Playoffs format
One Republican senator, declining to be identified, called the developments published in The New Yorker "bizarre" and a series of "ugly allegations".
"Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her", Ford's attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich said in a statement.
The judge has denied both claims, labelling the latest "a smear". Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic in CT, said that she was shaken.
Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to Trump on Sunday saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation has more than enough time before Ford and Kavanaugh testify on Thursday.
A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court.
Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, called for an immediate postponement of Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings in a letter to the committee's chairman, Iowa Republican Sen.