Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, is willing to testify if the FBI investigates her allegation, her lawyer said Tuesday night.
Kavanaugh has denied both allegations.
On Monday, Christine Blasey Ford's attorney Michael Bromwich specifically complained about Republicans hiring outside counsel to question his client during the public hearing set for Thursday morning.
He said Democratic support for her allegations, as well as those of Christine Blasey Ford, amounted to a "con game" to defeat a person he said was perfectly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court bench.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY retorted that if McConnell believed the allegations were a smear, "why don't you call for an FBI investigation?"
On Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".
"I think we ought to take everyone seriously", McConnell said, defending the decision to hire a yet-unnamed female staffer to question Ford.
"She would be willing to testify, but we can't even talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee about what that would look like, and they certainly haven't invited her", attorney John Clune said on NBC's "Today" show.
Trump on Wednesday faulted his fellow Republicans who control the Senate for not pushing the nomination through the Senate, which must confirmation Supreme Court appointments, more quickly.
Hanging in the balance is Trump's chance to swing the high court more firmly to the right for a generation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who blocked President Barack Obama from naming a fifth liberal justice in 2016, reiterated his goal Tuesday.
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Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio, a former general counsel for Florida Gov. They say the president should not fire him unless he believes he is lying.
Ford alleges that Kavanaugh tried removing her clothes during a party when they were in high school. She also said she was uncertain of some details. He says she covered her mouth to prevent her screams after he pinned her on a bed. He says she named the attacker as Kavanaugh.
He again described Kavanaugh's accusers as part of a Democrat plot and a "con game" to destroy his nominee to the Supreme Court.
Ford, a California psychologist, alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s, when the two were teenagers in suburban Maryland.
Sarah Beaulieu, founder of The Uncomfortable Conversation, an organization dedicated to normalizing conversations about sexual violence, said she worries about stories of sexual abuse and assault becoming "weaponized in a way that hurts both survivors and efforts around prevention, education and cultural change". It could be a great way of saying that, and he just - I don't know.
"So you're saying through all these years that are in question that you were a virgin?". A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Blasey Ford's lawyers have yet to say they agree with that move or other conditions Grassley has imposed.
Meanwhile, Fox News confirms that Senate Judiciary Committee staffers interviewed Kavanaugh Tuesday about the sexual misconduct allegations by another woman, Debbie Ramirez, that appeared Sunday in The New Yorker.
Kavanaugh has denied Ford's claim and that of another woman who has come forward with an allegation from his time at Yale.
Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Kavanaugh confirmed.
The affidavits are not the first challenges to Kavanaugh's denials.
"I mean charges come up from 36 years ago that are totally unsubstantiated", Trump told reporters at the UN. "The second accuser thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not". She said she clearly remembered that it was Kavanaugh, but she also acknowledged that she was extremely drunk and that she has significant gaps in her memory of the evening.