Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to instruct the FBI to investigate Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which Trump has so far refused to do.
She also said she blamed herself for "drinking too much", according to The New Yorker. "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", the judge said in a statement sent to AFP.
In a statement provided by the White House, he said the event "did not happen" and that the allegation was "a smear, plain and simple".
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec dismissed Ramirez's allegation as "the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man".
Republican lawmakers and the White House this weekend have cast doubt on Ford's allegations, citing others she said also were at the party in question saying they have no recollection of it.
Tensions have been running on overdrive since Ford, a 51-year-old college professor in California, went public with her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were at a house party in high school.
The hearing was finally set Saturday when Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford's legal team agreed tentatively to appear after continual delays and breakdowns in negotiation over requests such as wanting Kavanaugh to defend himself before the accuser testifies.
The pair of Democrats accused Trump of making "misleading statements" about whether the FBI should investigate Ford's claims against Kavanaugh. "And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else".
"Of course, we will attempt to evaluate these new claims", Foy said in a statement, adding that the committee's Republican staff only learned of Ramirez's allegation from the New Yorker article on Sunday evening.
Ford committed to an "open" hearing after negotiators convened a call on Sunday, her attorneys said in a statement.
Ford's testimony: The only thing standing between Kavanaugh and Supreme Court
Ford is not on trial, rather Judge Kavanaugh is seeking a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court", said Sen. For some on the committee though, it appears the case against Judge Kavanaugh is already closed.
"Dr. Ford will tell her story in the face of an impossible choice and vile bullying by Republican leadership", said Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a Judiciary Committee member.
President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired on July 31.
Deborah Ramirez attended Yale at the same time as Kavanaugh. On Tuesday, you said "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation really needs to be involved because they don't want to be involved".
As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
The New Yorker magazine is reporting that Senate Democrats are investigating a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from his teenage years.
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. Flake tweeted on Saturday that it was "good" that Ford had agreed to testify next week.
Trump, who has also faced accusations of sexual assault, stepped up his defense of Kavanaugh on Friday, questioning the legitimacy of Ford's account in a series of tweets.
Most Republicans support Kavanaugh's nomination, and most Democrats do not.
For the handful of Democratic senators running for re-election in red states, the impact of the Kavanaugh confirmation process has been unclear, with the nominee equally likely to serve as a motivating factor for voters on both the right and the left.