2nd woman claims sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh

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Leland Ingham Keyers, a former classmate of Ford, sent an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee where she claims she doesn't know Kavanaugh or have any memory of being at a party with him.

Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford's requests have been reasonable and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are serious enough to vote down Kavanaugh's nomination.

The committee still has to decide whether Kavanaugh is fit to become President Donald Trump's second appointee to the Supreme Court.

And Senate Democrats have indicated that, no matter whom Republicans choose to question Ford, when she is questioned by Democrats, senators will be doing the talking.

"We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions", Ford's lawyers said.

Kavanaugh will return before the committee this week when it hears from Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her in high school.

Ford's accusations of Kavanaugh's behavior 35 years ago and the standoff over the terms of her appearance have captivated the nation as the appeals court judge's confirmation hangs in balance.

On Saturday, the two sides reached a tentative agreement for Ford to appear Thursday.

"Everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh goes against this allegation", he continued.

Susan Collins - a Republican who sits on the Judiciary Committee - said she was "appalled" by Trump's tweet, stressing that incidents of sexual assault were known to be chronically under-reported.

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Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listen on the first day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing on September 4, 2018.

Also unclear is what day she might come to Capitol Hill and whether she's offering to speak in a public session or a private one.

In other words, Ford expects to be believed without question because 36 years ago she suffered what for any woman would be a devastating experience she "will never forget" - but she demands to be excused for not recalling key facts about the unforgettable.

Ford also identified Patrick J. Smyth as one of the teenagers who attended a party and he also denied any knowledge of attending a party that Ford describes.

Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, made the announcement official in a statement later Sunday, saying the panel would hear testimony from Ford followed by Kavanaugh on Thursday. In contrast, four Democrats on the committee are women - some with ambitions to challenge Trump in 2020.

At stake is not only the fate of Trump's hand-picked Supreme Court nominee, but also Republican chances in November's midterm elections that face increased risk if the polarising confirmation battle drags on.

Peter Baker reports in the New York Times that Judge Kavanaugh has detailed calendars covering the months of June through August 1982 that he will hand over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said he wants to testify before the committee.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of IL, also a Judiciary Committee member, questioned why Ford would have come forward if the allegation wasn't true. The committee said all three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question. "Somebody yelled down the hall, 'Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face, '" she said.

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats created to tear down a good man", Kupec said in a statement.

Whether some Republicans will flip their votes on Kavanaugh remains to be seen; the two considered to be swing votes on Kavanaugh, Sens.