A defiant and at times emotional Brett M. Kavanaugh sat for an extraordinary television interview with his wife Monday to try to save his embattled Supreme Court nomination against charges of sexual misconduct as a teenager.
In comments to reporters at the United Nations, Trump escalated his rhetoric in defence of Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge whose nomination to a lifetime post on the high court has been imperilled by the decades-old allegations by Ford and another woman.
The Democrats are asking for an FBI investigation into the incident, which so far has been stonewalled by the Republicans and President Trump.
Kavanaugh and his Republican allies portrayed the allegations as part of a "smear campaign" by Democrats who have fought his nomination from the outset.
Ford's lawyers said "various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions".
He also rebutted the detailed allegations coming from the California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who was the first to accuse him of drunkenly sexually assaulting her while in high school, and Deborah Ramirez who told the New Yorker on Sunday she had also endured a sexual attack at at Yale university.
The magazine said it has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party at issue in Ramirez's account. I know his heart. "The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party".
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has said she would like to see Ramirez testify but has not specified when she would like to see that take place.
Demonstrators protest against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice outside of the office of US Senator Susan Collins, Republican of ME, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 24, 2018.
The judiciary committee that needs to approve Kavanaugh's confirmation has a narrow 11-10 Republican majority, but Sen.
During the almost 14-minute interview, Kavanaugh previewed the defense he is likely to put forward at Thursday's hearing, where he and Ford are scheduled to testify.
It is unheard of for a Supreme Court nominee to give interviews during the confirmation process.
Like Christine Blasey Ford, the professor accusing him of assaulting her when they were teenagers, Ramirez wants the FBI to investigate the incident, and Democratic lawmakers are backing their demands.
In addition to denying allegations of misconduct, Kavanaugh defended his reputation as a man who respects women.
"The Senate simply can not in good conscience vote on this nomination without a full fair FBI investigation of all these allegations", he said.
These are smears, pure and simple. Fox News is famously Trump's favorite news channel, a bond formalized in the summer with the appointment of the former Fox News co-president Bill Shine as deputy White House chief of staff.