The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, acknowledged that for the nominee "it's extremely awkward to be talking about such private matters on TV". Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to get his perspective on both of these stories. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Ford described a high school party at which she said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge locked her in a room at a home in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s.
Blasey Ford's lawyers have yet to say they agree with that move or other conditions Grassley has imposed. "I'm confident about the trousers coming up, and I'm confident about Brett being there", she said.
On Sept. 25 the 72-year-old president brutally slammed Debbie Ramirez, 53, for coming forward to accuse his Supreme Court Justice nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexual misconduct when they were at a party 35 years ago, when they were both freshman at Yale.
Trump said Tuesday: "She says, "Well it might not be him" and there were gaps and she said she was totally inebriated and all messed up and she doesn't know it was him". She says Kavanaugh held her down on a bed, touched her sexually and tried to take off her clothes.
The sharp exchanges on the Senate floor came one day after Kavanaugh appeared on USA cable television - an unprecedented move for a Supreme Court nominee - to refute all allegations of sexual misconduct. "The Democrats are playing a con game".
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, senator from CT and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Mr Trump called Judge Kavanaugh "just a wonderful human being". Not in high school, not ever.
Minutes later, McConnell angrily declared on the Senate floor that Democrats have thrown "all the mud they could manufacture" at Kavanaugh.
Mark Judge, 54, was a classmate of Kavanaugh at Georgetown Prep.
"I will be glued to the television", said Sen.
Kavanaugh argues that no witnesses have yet come forward to corroborate either woman's account.
However, Ford's lawyers have reportedly pushed back against having outside counsel participate in the hearings. "She admits that she was drunk".
Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party more than three decades ago, when he was 17 and she was 15, saying he put his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming as he attempted rape. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise". At the same time, she noted that Kavanaugh has been "unequivocal in his denial" of sexual assault allegations.
"I have never had any sexual or physical activity with Dr. Ford", Kavanaugh said.
Republicans "want to make sure that people are heard", but added "if there needs to be more and there's more valid accusations, then they should be heard".