On Thursday, Judge Kavanaugh and another accuser from his high school years testify before a US Senate panel. The committee must endorse Kavanaugh's nomination before he can receive a vote by the full Senate that could confirm him to a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court.
"I am confident we are going to win and he will be confirmed in the near future", McConnell said. Asked about the move, Trump said the lawmakers "could not be nicer" and "could not be more respectful". "I would be very concerned about doing that, but it wouldn't surprise me if she would agree to do that", Clune said. "The whole point is to create an environment where it's what Dr. Ford has asked for, to be professional and to not be a circus".
Republican President Donald Trump, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, escalated his rhetoric against both of Kavanaugh's accusers on Tuesday and called the allegations "a con game being played by the Democrats".
In a statement provided by the White House, Mr Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple".
Kavanaugh, a judicial conservative and Trump's second Supreme Court pick, was nominated to fill the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.
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.More news: Ronaldo, Messi to miss FIFA The Best awards
"I know he's going to stand by me", Kavanaugh said. "I've always treated women with dignity and respect".
Ford alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh and another boy shut her in a room and tried to tear her clothes off at a high school beer party in suburban Washington around 1982, when she was 15 and he 17.
Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory (at microphones) and Women's March on Washington creator Bob Bland (2nd-R) address a rally against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the court September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.
After a dramatic week long standoff, Kavanaugh's accuser Ford finally committed Sunday to be questioned in a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.
Democrats say that is all the more reason to halt the nomination process and let the FBI, which carries out background investigations for candidates to high positions, investigate them. They joined Ford's lawyers in charging that by hiring a sex crimes prosecutor, Republicans were out to intimidate Ford at Thursday's hearing.
Kavanaugh told MacCallum, "I never did any such thing".
At least four Republican senators, including two women who have been outspoken against sexual abuse, have withheld judgment, acknowledging the potential validity of Blasey Ford's allegation despite the amount of time that has passed and the paucity of hard evidence. With the GOP's Senate control hanging on a razor-thin 51-49 margin, defections by any two Republican senators would seal his fate if all Democrats vote "no".
Another of Ford's lawyers, Michael Bromwich, complained: 'This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate.