The accusation, along with one from a second accuser, have imperiled Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court as Republicans work to shore up his Senate confirmation ahead of the Nov 6 congressional vote.
In testimony for Thursday's Senate hearing, Kavanaugh acknowledges drinking in high school with his friends, but says he's never done anything "remotely resembling" the sexual misconduct alleged by his chief accuser.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) suggested in an interview published Tuesday that she could break with her party over Brett Kavanaugh's sexual abuse allegations - a move that could sink the Supreme Court nominee. Fox News' Martha MacCallum asked.
In Kavanaugh's prepared testimony, he notes that Ford "accused me of committing a serious wrong" and he denies the allegation "immediately, unequivocally, and categorically". He called Democrats behavior "horrible" and said, "It is a con game".
"You said in your letter that you intend to provide a "fair and credible" process ..."
"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", he said in a statement released by the White House.
The Kavanaugh controversy is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault. Ford's story, he said, is part of a Democratic "con job".
Roger Canaff, a former prosecutor specializing in sex crimes, criticized the Senate Judiciary Committee for rushing the process.
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"Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired".
While discussing the sexual assault case of Stanford University student Brock Turner, Keith Koegler wrote in his declaration that Ford "expressed anger at Mr. Turner's lenient sentence, stating that she was particularly bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C".
As it turned out, she had no corroboration to offer. She and her team previously accepted an invitation to testify Thursday.
Swetnick said in the affidavit that she saw Kavanaugh, Judge and others seek to cause girls "to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys".
McConnell said the outside lawyer would question Ford "in a respectful and professional way". "It's not uncommon to have outside counsel to do questioning for this type of hearing".
"I'm confident we're going to win".
McConnell added that "everyone understands there is a presumption of innocence", and that "we should go into these hearings with a presumption of innocence". He says she covered her mouth to prevent her screams after he pinned her on a bed. "He will be confirmed in the very near future".
Also on Monday, Kavanaugh said he would not step aside, saying "the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise".
Kavanaugh also told MacCallum that he would not withdraw his name from consideration over the allegations.
"What I actually think is that they want to ask asshole questions but don't want to do it themselves, so they're going to have her do it for them", said one longtime advocate for women facing gender violence, who works with Congress and asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation.