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Both Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday for a public hearing to address Ford's accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

"I look at the second accuser - the second accuser has nothing". "The second accuser thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not".

Ramirez is cited by the New Yorker as saying Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a drunken dormitory party.

With pressure mounting to put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold for the FBI to investigate his past - a day after a second woman came forward to accuse him - Trump stood firmly behind his embattled nominee, blasting the allegations as "totally political".

"It's a con game they're playing", he said. "I don't mean, 'Oh gee, I am a little unhappy.' They are devastated", he said earlier on Tuesday. "It's a shame that you can do this to a person's life".

President Donald Trump followed up his address to the United Nation's General Assembly by blasting the women who have accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault/misconduct. Ford has said Kavanaugh tried removing her clothes and covered her mouth to prevent screams after he pinned her on a bed during a high school party.

The 53-year-old Kavanaugh, now a federal appeals court judge in Washington DC, flatly denies the accusations.

The lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford has sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley expressing concern over the Republican's hiring of an "experienced sex crimes prosecutor" for Thursday's hearing.

Democrats are demanding the hearing be put off so that the FBI can investigate the two women's claims.

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the sexual assault accusations made against him by former college classmate Deborah Ramirez and his original accuser, Palo Alto University psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Democrats haven't been told the identity of the outside lawyer, suggesting that Republicans "who want to rush this through are afraid to question Dr. Ford themselves".

The conservative, Republican-aligned judge would add to the court's rightward tilt, potentially putting at risk longstanding legal protections for abortion rights and "affirmative action" policies to help boost minorities.

Clune says that Republicans did not participate in a pre-arranged Tuesday night conference call to talk about Ramirez' allegations. The new Supreme Court term begins on Monday.

It's been a particularly traumatizing week for victims of sexual assault and harassment.

"I've taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible", said Sen.

"Even by the far left's standards, this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low", McConnell said on the Senate floor.

"I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I can not imagine her making this up". Delaying Kavanaugh's confirmation could allow time for doubts about him to take root or any fresh accusations to emerge. "So at this point, it's a moot question".

GOP lawmakers are "missing the power of the past year, where people have so powerfully and importantly named their experiences", said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center.

Donald Trump has also, however, also spoken out in increasingly defensive and combative terms in favor of Kavanaugh in recent days as the process descended into a ugly, partisan battle.