Kavanaugh angrily denied the charges hours later, accused Democrats of orchestrating a "political hit" against him, and asserted that he never drank so heavily that he was incapacitated or couldn't remember his actions.
"I don't remember", he said repeatedly, apparently mocking her testimony.
His response? It's "a very scary time for young men in America", because "you can be (found) guilty of something you may not be guilty of". "That is a very, very hard standard", Trump said outside the White House before leaving on a visit to Philadelphia.
It's Tuesday, OP friends, and we don't want to jinx it, so we're not even going to say anything about the pace of this week.
The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime job on the top USA court comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and other lawmakers, the Senate last Friday agreed the FBI could investigate for up to a week, meaning its deadline is this Friday.More news: Insomniac offers to patch out the ill-fated marriage proposal in Spider-Man
"This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most disgusting charges", Trump said, pointing out that Kavanaugh went to Yale as apparent evidence that the claims were spurious. It was not immediately clear if Kavanaugh dropped out due to anticipation that he would be serving on the Supreme Court.
The nomination has become a politically explosive issue just weeks before November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake.
Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the accusations.
Democrats have seized most recently on Kavanaugh's indignant, emotional testimony before the Judiciary Committee to question whether he has the temperament for a lifetime appointment on the nation's highest court. It really does. You could be somebody that was ideal your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something.
Officials said Trump is seeking to boost Hyde-Smith as close as possible to the 50 per cent threshold and lend momentum for a possible runoff. Kavanaugh's allies say Democrats are raising these new questions because they know the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be able to prove the decades-old sexual misconduct allegations, the Times reported.More news: FEMA to test emergency alert system Wednesday
And while Trump has called Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to Congress that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school, "credible" and "compelling", he has continued to support Kavanaugh's confirmation and emphatically defend his character.
"What neighbourhood was it in?" 'I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. "That was, like rich white male heyday - I mean, every decade is, but that one was extra good for them".
At a news conference on Monday, President Donald Trump decried what he described as "trauma" inflicted upon Kavanaugh, but nevertheless said he wants to see the FBI "do a very comprehensive investigation".
The strategy came as the FBI conducts a limited investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh but with great uncertainty about whether the probe will unearth anything conclusive by the end of the week, when Republicans are pressing for a vote. He demanded that attorneys for Ford turn over her therapist notes and other key materials, and suggested she was less than truthful about her experience with polygraph examinations during the hearing. "We simply can't", Flake said at an event sponsored by The Atlantic magazine. The Judicial Crisis Network, which supports Kavanaugh, and the ACLU, which opposes him, both announced at least a million dollars in new advertising in recent days. Trump's Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin. "But here's what we know. one thing for sure".
Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, McConnell again took aim at Kavanaugh opponents.More news: Oil prices reach four-year high ahead of USA sanctions on Iran
Ford said Kavanaugh pinned her down on the bed of an upstairs room and tried to remove her clothes while holding his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming.