Grassley's staff sought evidence and testimony from Deborah Ramirez, a Colorado woman who helps victims of domestic violence, before they would agree to investigate her claim in The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself during a drinking game as a Yale University freshman.
Trump said the Senate must confirm Kavanaugh to protect the integrity of judicial nominations.
Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and McConnell said he was confident Kavanaugh would be confirmed. "In our view, the hiring of an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor, ' as Mr. Davis described in his email, is contrary to the Majority's repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee's members to fulfill their constitutional obligations".
"It's a con game", Trump said.
There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects.
Cornyn said that the committee has worked to accommodate Flake's concerns in how they set up the questioning of Ford and Kavanaugh.
Lots of people reject all of this and say that the GOP should stop the circus and just vote right now. "I did not have sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter".
At the centre of the still-unfolding Kavanaugh confirmation spectacle, is no longer the pile of transcripts from his old rulings, nor the Roe vs. Wade verdict he is sure to overturn if the Republican Supreme Court nominee makes it to the country's top legal bench. She said in an interview that she and Farrow last teamed up in May to produce a story about sexual harassment allegations against Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic attorney general of NY and a political foe of Trump.
Viewed from that perspective, if you are inclined to believe Kavanaugh's denials of wrongdoing, or think the allegations can't be proven, then going to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a nod or a shrug is an acceptable compromise with a tough situation.
Farrow, meanwhile, won a Pulitzer Prize this year for his reporting on sexual harassment and assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, a major Democratic fundraiser and ally of Hillary Clinton.
"The second accuser has nothing", Trump told reporters while at the United Nations General Assembly in NY. So far, no Republican senators have said they would vote against him.
"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said in an interview with Fox News on Monday night.
"Our counsel repeatedly tried to reach him", Kennedy said.
Yet Trump's defiant stance could also stir his Republican base to head to the polls in November, frustrated at what many see as a cynical attempt to sink a qualified nominee.
Shaunna Thomas, executive director of UltraViolet Action, a progressive groups that opposes Kavanaugh's confirmation, criticized the judge for choosing the "comfort of a partisan network" to air his denials. The panel's Democratic senators, four women and six men, were expected to question Ford and Kavanaugh but those details were still not final, Sen.
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