The ugliness deepened at the end of last week, and it will get no better now that Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday about her accusation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.
The depths to which Kavanaugh's defenders are willing to sink was underscored when Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, sent out a tweet thread pushing a mistaken-identity alibi to explain away Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh.
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement, "This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man". Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday, and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests.
The White House and Kavanaugh have denied the allegation as a "smear", and the White House is standing by the president's nominee.
Republicans have grown frustrated as Ford's lawyers insisted on a hearing next Thursday rather than Monday or even Wednesday and made other requests, some of which the committee chairman, Sen.
In a statement, the Supreme Court nominee strongly refuted the allegation.
The federal judge has calendars from the summer of 1982 he plans to share with senators showing he was out of town most of that time with no indication of the party of concern, The New York Times reported.
Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, immediately called for a postponement of Kavanaugh's nomination and called for the FBI to investigate both Ford and Ramirez's allegations.
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He said: "She was like, "I can't deal with this".
But the lawyers say the Republican-controlled Senate panel hasn't said who will be asking questions of Ford and Kavanaugh.
Mr Trump broke his silence to cast doubt on Ms Ford's story in a tweet on Friday, saying Mr Kavanaugh was "under assault by radical left-wing politicians" and suggested Ms Ford should have filed charges as a 15-year-old when she was attacked.
The magazine reports that after "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections" to recall the incident. They also compared the current controversy to the sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill in 1991.
The two sides agreed to give equal time to all senators who wish to question Ford and to allow "adequate breaks" during the hearing. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, California Sen. The developments could also determine the fate of Kavanaugh's confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators.
But he adds that "unless there's something more" to back up her accusation, he's "not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec spoke along similar lines.
Durbin indicated that Democrats are likely to ask about Kavanaugh's drinking history because Ford has alleged Kavanaugh was "stumbling drunk" when it happened. "We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify".
Earlier in the day, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that it will hear the testimony of Ford on September 27.