Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, is willing to testify if the FBI investigates her allegation, her lawyer said Tuesday night.
The affidavits signed Monday and Tuesday of this week could give more weight to Ford's story on the eve of her testimony - and Kavanaugh's expected denial - before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
"The second accuser has nothing". "In the years following the therapy session, we spoke a number of times about how the assault affected her".
"This is a con game being played by the Democrats", Trump added. Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Ford says that in the early 1980s, a drunken, 17-year-old Kavanaugh forced her onto a bed at a house party and attempted to remove her clothes, putting his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming, before she escaped when Kavanaugh's inebriated friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of the two and knocked her loose.
Trump's charged rhetoric against his nominee's accusers came as Republicans quickly closed ranks around Kavanaugh, even as a handful of pivotal swing votes remained quiet on whether they would ultimately support his confirmation in the coming days.
In response to Trump's comments, Ramirez's attorney John Clune told CNN that "politicians are going to say what they want to say but that doesn't mean what Debbie disclosed is not true".
Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also firing a warning shot - telling the New York Times that the central question at this point isn't whether Kavanaugh is qualified for the high court - it's whether women should be believed when they report sexual misconduct.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday "we would be open" to having Ramirez testify before the same Judiciary Committee hearing at which Ford and Kavanaugh are scheduled to appear Thursday. "I don't mean, 'Oh gee, I am a little unhappy.' They are devastated", he said earlier on Tuesday. That's because Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh's accusers, might be there.
With the election looming and their control of Congress at stake, Republicans have been mindful of the pitfalls of alienating women voters by their handling of the accusations against Kavanaugh.
With emotions running high, dozens of protesters were removed from the US Capitol Monday for unlawfully demonstrating against the judge's confirmation.
Koegler says Ford was "particularly bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C". One senator asked if Hill was a "scorned woman".
She said Republican senators' response to the allegations - at first saying that Ford is confused or misremembering, then alleging an orchestrated smear - "dives deep into the tropes surrounding sexual violence that this whole year has been spent disrupting". He said he considered both of Kavanaugh's accusers to be politically motivated.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
And two former Yale classmates of Kavanaugh took issue Tuesday with his claims that he did not drink excessively or take part in abusing women during his university years.