A Senate committee will investigate fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - claims Donald Trump dismissed on Monday as a "totally political" attempt to stop Republicans cementing a solid conservative majority on the bench.
The 53-year-old says Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a college party at Yale University in the 1980s, thrust his genitals in her face and caused her to touch them without her consent. Ramirez said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.
Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who last week came forward as the woman alleging Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, has agreed to testify about the allegation at a Senate committee hearing on Thursday.
Kavanaugh says the event "did not happen" and that the allegation is 'a smear, plain and simple'. Ford's attorneys say they are still negotiating "a number of important procedural and logistical issues". Meanwhile, the GOP reacted as unconscionably as is humanly possible: When they heard about it, they tried to speed up the confirmation process - officially rendering them what one critic calls "a sexual predator protection racket" - and the White House is flatly denying the charges. A White House spokeswoman added in a second statement that the allegation was "designed to tear down a good man".
Michael Avenatti, a United States lawyer known for representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her cases against President Trump, has alleged on Twitter that he is representing a third woman with "credible information" regarding Judge Kavanaugh and the alleged witness to Prof Ford's assault, Mark Judge.
In addition to her acknowledged memory gaps, she reportedly "was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty".
Shortly after The New Yorker story came out, the White House made clear that it would not be abandoning its nominee. "Neither did (The New Yorker reporters)", he said. The person said Kavanaugh would also appear.
Farrow told ABC on Monday there are "several people in this story who back Ms. Ramirez".
Today, Deborah Ramirez came forward with serious allegations of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh. Ramirez said that while she was drunk, a male student pointed a plastic penis at her.
"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved", Judge said in a written statement forwarded to the committee by his attorney. It has also forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.
David Young, and Gov. Kim Reynolds, rallied the almost 700 Christians in the crowd behind Kavanaugh, the Des Moines Register reported, as Iowa's senior senator, Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley, negotiates the conditions of a public hearing this Thursday with the nominee's accuser, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.
While Trump said he supported Ford testifying, he reiterated his hope that his nominee will successfully be elected to the Supreme Court.