Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear that, no matter what happened at the hearing, the full Senate would vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Schumer accused Republicans of "a rush job to avoid the truth". "And they just want to obfuscate that by calling it politically motivated".
"If Dr. Ford testifies she must receive the support Anita Hill was never afforded", CLUW President Elise Bryant said, referring to the 1991 Judiciary Committee mistreatment of Hill when she presented sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
There were no immediate indications that the emergence of a second accuser had fatally wounded Kavanaugh's prospects. Hoping to head that off, he and his GOP supporters went on offense, including the release of a letter he sent the Judiciary panel accusing his opponents of launching "smears, pure and simple".
Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley Kavanaugh, sat next to the SCOTUS nominee throughout the interview.
The White House, she said, "stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh".
And now, another purported witness named by Ford, Leland Ingham Keyser, says she doesn't know Kavanaugh and doesn't recall attending a party with him.
Kavanaugh said while there were high school parties with beer and he wasn't flawless, "I'm a good person".
"This is a woman I was best friends with", the friend said. "Sexual assault is unlawful, and this allegation is directly relevant to determining Kavanaugh's character and fitness for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land". "I have faith in God, and I have faith in the fairness of the American people".
Deborah Ramirez alleges Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party while they were freshmen students at Yale University.
Graham, speaking on Fox News Sunday, promised a fair hearing in which both Ford and Kavanaugh "will be challenged" but said that "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, then he was "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".More news: Earl Thomas out Friday for personal reasons, may not play Sunday
On Sunday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the judiciary committee, urged the panel to halt proceedings in light of the latest allegation. She has said that Mark Judge, for instance, witnessed the alleged attempted assault.
Republicans, with a 51-49 Senate majority, can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.
A person working on Kavanaugh's confirmation backed up the Times account of the calendars to The Associated Press. Kavanaugh calls the claims "smear" while soundly rejecting them.
U.S. Capitol Police reported that 128 people were arrested on charges of unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings.
Dr Ford agreed to testify on Thursday after a week-long standoff that saw her forced to leave her California home as she faced death threats and Mr Trump attacked her credibility.
Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ford's allegations.
Ramirez was initially hesitant to speak publicly, she told the magazine, partly because her memory contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident. Ramirez and her attorney could not be reached for comment on the record.
As the White House defends Kavanaugh against the claims, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told CBS Monday that the accusations against Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs. "Senate aides from Ramirez's home state of Colorado alerted a lawyer, Stanley Garnett, a former Democratic district attorney in Boulder, who now represents her".
There are also claims looming of additional accusations, including those from one woman, apparently represented by Michael Avanatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels.