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Moreover, a person who has committed sexual assault should not serve on the Supreme Court. The developments could also determine the fate of Kavanaugh's confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators. "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so".

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump´s embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was hit by a second accusation of sexual misconduct Sunday, leaving Republicans scrambling to save a confirmation that until recently had seemed all but certain.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also accused Democrats of a "shameful, shameful, smear campaign" against Kavanaugh and vowed he will receive an up-or-down vote on his nomination on the Senate floor on "in the near future".

"The FBI must investigate ALL allegations", the California senator said. This is a smear, plain and simple.

Breaking his long silence on the issue, Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley appeared on Fox News in the Supreme Court nominee's first interview after the allegations against him surfaced. Judge is mentioned in the calendar - Kavanaugh wrote "Go to Judge's" on July 28.

Since The New Yorker ran the article, it has been taking heat for running it given that Ramirez admits she was intoxicated at the time some 35 years ago, and only "a$3 fter six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney" did she decide Kavanaugh had been the culprit.

The judiciary panel announcing that it had investigated the incident and talked to three other people who Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party - Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser.

"In 1999, I was a junior and I was on the debate team", one woman told aides to Sen. I know my lifelong record and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. "I have faith in God, and I have faith in the fairness of the American people".

On Sunday, The New Yorker published Deborah Ramirez's uncorroborated claim that while both were freshmen at Yale University, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a binge-drinking party.

The claim follows Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her while covering her mouth after he and friend locked her in a bedroom at a party when they were in high school.

Ramirez also recalled another male student yelling "Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face", down the hallway, she said.

"If one Republican senator should decide that Dr Ford´s allegations, assertions, are true, and that they are serious, it could make a big difference in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said on ABC´s "This Week". But he added that "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, he indicated he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Republicans, who hold a paper-thin majority in the Senate, can ill afford defections if Kavanaugh is to be approved. Delaying Kavanaugh's confirmation could allow time for doubts about him to take root or any fresh accusations to emerge. "Survivors often do not come forward" to speak of the assaults "because of retribution" or other severe consequences.

Time's Up wants participants to wear black in solidarity.

Away from Washington, there were walkouts in support of Ford and Ramirez by dozens of liberal groups.

Ford's attorney Michael Bromwich sent a letter to the committee's Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, on Monday in which he objected to a plan by the panel's Republicans to hire an "experienced sex crimes prosecutor" to conduct the questioning at Thursday's hearing.

With increasing intensity, Republicans have attacked the credibility of Ford's and now Ramirez' accounts.

This report contains reporting from The Associated Press and AFP. She posted a sign on her front door, indicating she has no comment.

"We reached out to former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, who then met with Ms. Ramirez to work through how to analyze and present her allegations", Beckham said.

Avenatti, who has said he's considering a 2020 Democratic presidential bid, told the AP that he will disclose his client's identity in the coming days and that she is prepared to testify before the committee, as well as provide names of corroborating witnesses.