Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appeared on American television Monday to say he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life.
"The Democrats are playing a con game".
President Donald Trump, fighting to shore up his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a divided Senate, on Tuesday called sexual misconduct allegations against the judge "a con game being played by the Democrats".
Ford also wrote that she has hired security and has spent a "considerable time managing death threats".
On Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".
Two women have publicly come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of alleged past incidents of sexual misconduct since his initial confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month. That session loomed as a do-or-die wild card for Kavanaugh in which a split-second facial expression, a tear or a choice of words could prove decisive.
The Kavanaugh controversy is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a key vote to watch as the Senate considers Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, told reporters on Tuesday that an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh "would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?" Aides to several Senate Republicans working closely on the Kavanaugh nomination said they were caught off guard by the allegation detailed in the New Yorker. He accused Republicans of "a rush job to avoid the truth".
Republicans want a woman to conduct their questioning of Ford, who accuses Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teens.
Hatch, a strong Kavanaugh backer, told reporters he expects the committee to vote on confirmation by the end of the week.
The former treasurer said she was exposed to sexual abuse at age five and kept silent about her assault for almost 20 years. At the same time, she noted that Kavanaugh has been "unequivocal in his denial" of sexual assault allegations. President Trump is standing by his nominee.
He said of Kavanaugh, "This is a high quality person, and it would be a terrible insult to our country if this doesn't happen. I've led a good life".
"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever".
MARTIN: In that interview with Fox's Martha MacCallum, Brett Kavanaugh said he was seeking a fair process.
Ashley Kavanaugh said it had been an "incredibly difficult" process. "I think it's disgusting that they have exploited these individuals", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told Fox News on Tuesday.
With increasing intensity, Republicans have attacked the credibility of Ford's and now Ramirez' accounts.
"This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in this Senate in the near future", McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Trump, speaking after addressing the United Nations General Assembly, sought to cast doubt on Ramirez's allegations.
"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", he said, according to an excerpt of the interview to air in full Monday night.
Dozens of people protesting Kavanaugh were arrested outside Collins' Capitol Hill office.
His comments drew denunciations from Democrats and liberal interest groups that have flocked to defend Ford and Ramirez.
Today, the lawyer of former porn star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had sex with President Trump, claims he is representing a third accuser.