Trump says he would have pushed Kavanaugh through

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Another friend, Keith Koegler, says Ford told her in early summer 2016 of having experienced a sexual assault when she was much younger.

The US president said: "She said well it might not be him, and there were gaps, and she was totally inebriated and all messed up".

"The second accuser has nothing", Mr Trump told reporters at the UN. "And she doesn't know it was him, but it might have been him. Oh gee, lets not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that".

The similar wording and arguments that Republicans used suggested a concerted effort to undermine the women's claims and portray an image of unity among GOP senators while pressing toward a confirmation vote.

He again described Kavanaugh's accusers as part of a Democrat plot and a "con game" to destroy his nominee to the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh will testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I'm going to be listening to every word" of the hearing, Murkowski said Tuesday. "I'm confident we're going to win", said McConnell. "He will be confirmed in the very near future". He said he considered both of Kavanaugh's accusers to be politically motivated.

Kavanaugh was referring to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party in the suburbs of Maryland when they both were in high school.

"The Democrats in the Senate have had one goal since the beginning of this process, and that is to sink Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", said Sen.

In an interview with CNN, Clune said a phone call was finally scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET, but only the Democrats showed up. 'Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial. In the other two, Ford did not name Kavanaugh but said she was assaulted by a federal judge.

The committee also scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday at 9:30 a.m. (1330 GMT).

CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes asked Judiciary Committee communications director Taylor Foy why the committee's chief counsel was unwilling to have a phone call with Ramirez' lawyers before they hand over their evidence in writing first. "It's certainly their right to do that, and we'll see how it goes".

"Many years after, I'll leave it at that", he answered.

"Does that sound like someone who's treating these allegations with respect and fairness and evenhandedness?" This is really kinda getting carried away. Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s, a charge the nominee has repeatedly denied.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusation.

"Labeling this a partisan smear job demeans not only the senators in my caucus", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said. Ramirez says Kavanaugh drunkenly exposed himself to her at a dorm party. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, moderates who favor abortion rights and haven't endorsed Kavanaugh.

He said that there should be, however, an investigation of why Sen. "And so in order for us to take them under consideration, she needs to take the next steps". Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was clearly leaning toward supporting Kavanaugh.

"They know it's a con game. I don't mean, 'Oh gee, I am a little unhappy.' They are devastated", he said earlier on Tuesday.

The documents are likely to be central in the momentous hearing on Thursday in Washington. In a Tuesday morning tweet, Avenatti said the woman would come forward only when she is ready but said he expects that to be within 36 hours. "It's clear to me that Republicans don't want this to be a fair process".

It is entirely possible that Kavanaugh was lying then, rather than lying now - plenty of college students embellish their sexual exploits, and this is not in and of itself something he should have to answer to in his adult years, as opposed to, for instance, forcing a 15-year-old girl into a room and trying to pull off her clothes while covering her mouth.