The White House is approaching Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional appearance might not just damage Kavanaugh's chances but could further energize female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.
U.S Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh/PBS screenshot. He also questioned the political motivations of the attorneys representing the women, saying "you should look into the lawyers doing the representation".
Conway noted Monday on CBS "This Morning" that Kavanaugh, in a statement Sunday, called the allegations a "smear campaign." he added, "This is starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy".
Kavanaugh now has to wrestle with the question of how capable he is in serving as a judge with these allegations, true or not, over his head.
The chief of police in Montgomery County, Md., says his officers are not looking into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, appearing to contradict a local news report that "investigators" were looking at a potential second high school misconduct allegation.
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. She claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party while they both were at Yale in the early 1980s.
One of the male classmates who Ramirez said egged on Kavanaugh denied any memory of the party.
Even before the latest turns, the carefully negotiated hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford carried echoes of the Anita Hill hearings in 1991.
Kavanaugh steadfastly denies the allegations.
In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh denies the event ever happened. "People would pick who drank".
"These are smears, pure and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name-and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building-against these last-minute allegations".
By submitting their respective statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee, all three witnesses did so under penalty of imprisonment, and all three have zero recollection of the house party in question.
"The standard for elevation to the nation's highest court is not that the nominee established a "reasonable doubt" that the serious allegations against him were true", wrote Wittes.
Beyond his ascension into the highest court in the United States, questions have come up about Kavanaugh's current employment.
The D.C. Circuit judge has also been a lecturer at Harvard Law School since 2005, and a group of students there are calling on the university to reconsider whether he should automatically return in January to teach a class.
Brian Fallon, executive director of the anti-Kavanaugh group Demand Justice, similarly said that Kavanaugh is not fit to hold a judgeship at any level.