As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
Trump spoke after the New Yorker reported on Sunday evening that a 53-year-old woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of thrusting his genitals in her face at a party when they were freshmen at Yale during the 1983-84 academic calendar. And for people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mentioned it.
Kavanaugh denied Ramirez's allegations in a statement disseminated by the White House saying the encounter she described "did not happen".
Host George Stephanopoulos pointed out Monday, "at first she wasn't sure this was Kavanaugh, after you first came to her", and he said it stood out that she took days to consult her memory and others before deciding to come forward.
The tentative deal capped a day of frenetic developments, with time running out for Trump to get his hand-picked conservative judge confirmed - thereby tilting the Supreme Court firmly to the right for years to come - before November elections when Republicans risk losing control of Congress. "This is a smear, plain and simple", the federal appeals court judge said in a statement, adding that he meant to defend himself at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing scheduled for Thursday.
Trump endorsed his appointee to the high court bench, calling him "a fine man" with "an unblemished past".
He sent a second tweet specifying that this woman is not Ramirez.
Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.
The president signaled frustration with the delay of the Senate vote and questioned accusations leveled against Kavanaugh.
Ms Ramirez was reluctant at first to speak publicly "partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident", The New Yorker reported. California's Diane Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, sent a letter Sunday to Republican chairman Chuck Grassley urging him to refer the new allegations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to ensure "a fair, independent process that will gather all the facts".
"Her name is Elizabeth Rasor, and she was at Catholic University with (Judge), and she said, "I feel a moral obligation to correct the record here, '" Mayer said, paraphrasing her source".