Follayttar was not among those arrested. He and Ford are still scheduled to testify Thursday at this point. Delaying Kavanaugh's confirmation could give time for doubts about him to take root or for any fresh accusations to emerge.
Journalists and others quickly pointed out that it is highly unusual for a Supreme Court nominee to conduct an interview with the media or engage in an effort to clear his own name during the confirmation process - and even more unusual for the interview to be conducted by a partisan news network.
"As with any witness who comes before the Senate, the Senate Judiciary Committee can not hand over its constitutional duties to attorneys for outside witnesses", Mike Davis, Grassley's top nominations counsel, wrote in an email exchange with Ford's lawyers obtained by The Associated Press.
A classmate of Ramirez's, who was not at the party and who declined to be identified, told the magazine he is "one hundred per cent sure" that either on the night of the party or in the next day or two he was told Kavanaugh was the student who exposed himself to Ramirez.
Graham, who is a member of the Judiciary committee, tweeted Monday that there are "no boundaries" when it comes to stopping President Donald Trump. "The last-minute character assassination will not succeed", the judge added. "The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh". Cotton is not on the Judiciary panel. I hope that we can find such a setting and that you will understand that I have one motivation in coming forward - to tell the truth about what Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge did to me.
"I am with him all the way", Trump said between meetings at the United Nations. "My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old".
"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever". She said he put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. A breakthrough came over the weekend as Ford agreed to testify.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Her phrase echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 depiction of infidelity allegations against her husband, President Bill Clinton, as a "vast right-wing conspiracy". "We're going to stick to it".
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In addition to her acknowledged memory gaps, she reportedly "was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty".
In a letter to the committee, which plans the climactic hearing featuring Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, the nominee accused his opponents of launching "smears, pure and simple". She was told right after, and independently of Ramirez, not someone who was in touch with her, recounted exactly the same fact pattern, down to small details.
That's according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the office was not authorized to speak publicly.
"Hopefully, he will be confirmed quickly", Mr Trump added later.
"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh wrote.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, in a conference call Monday with GOP donors and supporters, defended Kavanaugh by saying he hadn't used his position to get sexual favors like ex-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein or former CBS Corp.
Ramirez is calling for an FBI investigation of her claim.
The judge has denied both claims, labelling the latest "a smear".
Both Ramirez's allegations and McConnell's speech come just days before both Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claims. Kavanaugh wouldn't comment on the quality of the magazine's reporting, but made some claims that the New Yorker reporters, veteran investigative journalists Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, disputed on Twitter.
"The Committee determines which witnesses to call, how many witnesses to call, in what order to call them, and who will question them", the note read.