The committee will not vote on his nomination until after Thursday's hearing.
It is already clear that formal consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination should be put on hold pending a renewed inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "You said at first she wasn't sure if this was Kavanaugh last week, and you write after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorneys she did become confident that it was him". Then, like now, another Republican president had selected a Supreme Court nominee, now-Justice Clarence Thomas, facing accusations of sexual harassment.
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. "It should be fully investigated".
Grassley previously blamed the Left for withholding documents relating to Dr. Ford's alleged assault. Sen. 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".
Kavanaugh has denied the new charge and called it "a smear, plain and simple".
"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.
Like Dr. Ford, Ramirez is calling on the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh. That is clearly necessary.
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Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party, where they had both been drinking, "thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away". In addition, Ramirez admits that she was intoxicated at the time of the alleged attack, and knew that critics would latch onto that detail to dispute her story.
Tensions have been running on overdrive since Ms Ford, a 51-year-old college professor in California, went public with her allegation that Mr Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were at a house party in high school.
"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen". All three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question, the committee said.
"I know there's pent up demand for women to get their day, women who have been sexually harassed and sexually assaulted, and I personally am very aggrieved for all of them", Conway said Monday during an appearance on "CBS This Morning".
"They're accountable for not stopping this", she said of her other classmates present.
"There's a chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything".
The committee said it would not negotiate on other points, though, including Ford's desire for additional witnesses and a request to testify after, not before, Kavanaugh.
Ford's lawyers said it was still unclear who will ask questions, as Republicans were trying to hire an outside female counsel who could take over the questioning.