"No innuendo has been too low, no insinuation too dirty", Hatch said in a statement, adding that the committee should proceed with its Thursday hearing. The Judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people whom Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party where the alleged assault took place - Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser.
These are smears, pure and simple.
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec also released a statement to Fox News defending Kavanaugh. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when they were teens decades ago.
A White House official said President Donald Trump stands 100% behind Kavanaugh. As of Sunday evening, Trump had not spoken to Kavanaugh himself. She admitted to being intoxicated during the alleged incident, and was at first tired of coming forward because of gaps in her memory.
One Republican close to Kavanaugh's confirmation process who wasn't authorized to speak on the record, said "there's resolve in the White House".
However, one former classmate remembered hearing about the incident from another, and independently corroborated numerous details offered by Ms Ramirez. "The committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them".
The agreement and the latest accusation set the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story. "I don't think it was just 'Brett.' And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there".More news: China says won't weaken currency to boost exports, as U.S. tariffs mount
Witness 2: stated, "The other male classmate who Ramirez said was involved in the incident commented, 'I have zero recollection'".
The New Yorker said it contacted Ramirez after learning of a possible involvement in an incident with Kavanaugh.
"This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. We'll see how it goes in the Senate, we'll see how it goes with the vote", said Mr. Trump to cameras at the United Nations. "The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett", the statement reads.
Trump said: "He's a fine man with an unblemished past and these are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers". The far-left CNN reports that Keyser and Ford are "lifelong friends".
"She came forward because Senate Democrats began looking at this claim".
George Stephanopoulos offered tough pushback asking about political motives with the allegation coming out now and drawing attention to a specific line from Farrow and co-author Jane Mayer's reporting, which noted that Ramirez only felt confident enough to come forward after "assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney" for six days. Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week, according to the magazine, and expressed concern about the impact this new allegation could have on Kavanaugh's nomination. "The article reports that Democratic staff were aware of these allegations, but they never informed Republican staff".
"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.
The Associated Press tried reaching Ramirez at her home in Boulder, Colorado.