The chief of police in Montgomery County, Md., says his officers are not looking into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, appearing to contradict a local news report that "investigators" were looking at a potential second high school misconduct allegation.
Then, on Sunday evening, The New Yorker reported that Deborah Ramirez, 53, attended Yale College with Kavanaugh and described a party where he "exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away".
In a statement provided by the White House, Kavanaugh said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple".
A White House spokeswoman says the administration stands by the nominee, labelling the allegation "the latest in coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear a good man down".
Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for the panel to postpone the hearing following the latest allegation.
Ford and Kavanaugh have agreed to testify, although Sen. The developments could also determine the fate of Kavanaugh's confirmation, which hangs on the votes of a handful of senators.
Trump on Friday tweeted that Ford-who alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15-would have "immediately" gone to the police if the attack "was as bad as she says". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, to immediately postpone confirmation proceedings until the FBI could investigate. The views expressed here are exclusively hers.
The newspaper reported that Whelan "has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination".
The one witness whom Ford said was in the room when the alleged misconduct took place (Mark Judge) denies it happened.
A "short but very productive call" between Democratic and Republican members of the committee and Ford's attorneys yielded the agreement, according to one person familiar with the call.
"There's a chance this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate", Trump said Monday, after leaving United Nations Headquarters in NY, which is holding a General Assembly meeting this week.
"If they continue to contest those two things, there won't be a hearing", Mr Graham said.
Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him. He said he did not recall the party and never saw Brett Kavanaugh act in the matter Ford describes.
The allegations, however, have cast a dark cloud over Kavanaugh's nomination, and threaten to further erode the GOP's standing among women voters - who polls show are poised to turn against Republicans in the November midterm elections. Ramirez asked that the FBI investigate her story saying, "At least look at it".
Trump's team discussed the latest allegation with the President over the course of the day Sunday before the story was published, another White House official said.