Ford, now a California-based university professor, says Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to undress her when they were at a party in their school years. At the same time, senators from both parties should be considering the question of whether any of their as-of-now-unnamed colleagues may have responded to the prospect of new revelations regarding Kavanaugh's record with efforts to "accelerate the timing of a committee vote". When she protested the alleged assault, Ford said, he covered her mouth.
Debbie Ramirez (above), a resident of Colorado, has come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
"Brett Kavanaugh's history with women shows he is 100 percent unqualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and he should withdraw immediately", Carmona said in a statement.
He expressed confidence that Republicans "will manage this confirmation properly with the utmost respect for all concerned" and said he expected Mr Kavanaugh to join the high court soon.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) also said that if the allegations against Kavanaugh are true, the House Judiciary Committee "must open an investigation into these allegations to determine whether Kavanaugh should keep his current job or whether there are grounds for impeachment".
She added: 'I'm absolutely 100 percent comfortable with the story.
Ford's lawyers said that in a Sunday morning call with committee staff members they agreed to the hearing even though the committee refused to subpoena Mark Judge, a Kavanaugh friend who Ford said witnessed the attack, as well as others she said were present.
And I am now joining Senator Feinstein and other Democrats on the committee in calling on Chairman Grassley again to have the FBI conduct an appropriate background investigation on both of these alarming allegations from Deborah Ramirez about Judge Kavanaugh's alleged misdeeds at a party at Yale College and Christine Blasey Ford for allegations of sexual assault at a high school party.
The second claim against Kavanaugh dates to the 1983-84 academic year, which was his first at Yale University.
MARTIN: The New York Times today says they knew about the Ramirez allegation but didn't break the story because there were so many holes in it.
"This is a smear, plain and simple", Kavanaugh said. "Editors from the New Yorker contacted some of us because we are the people who would know the truth, and we told them that we never saw or heard about this".
Her lawyers issued a statement on Sunday saying: "Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr Ford believes it is important for senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her".
But Conway on Monday appeared to throw cold water on the accusations, stating she felt the mounting allegations were "starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy". The White House is standing by the nominee, even as attorney Michael Avenatti indicates that he has "significant evidence" of additional wrongdoing by Kavanaugh.
Lindsey Graham said in a statement on Monday.
He has denied both accusations.
Flake, who is retiring from the Senate in early January, was among the handful of Republicans who first said the committee should delay a vote until hearing from Ford.
The latest allegation comes from a woman named Deborah Ramirez, a former college classmate of Kavanaugh's who has accused him of exposing himself to her at a party during their freshman year at Yale.
A person working on Kavanaugh's confirmation backed up the Times account of the calendars to The Associated Press.