'The View' discusses second sexual assault claim against Brett Kavanaugh

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Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a FOX News interview, on Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee. He and Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her while both were teens in the 1980s, are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republican senators on the committee, including Grassley, insist they didn't know about The New Yorker story on Deborah Ramirez's allegations until it broke on Sunday.

Kavanaugh has denied both allegations against him. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out", he wrote. A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.

Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has said there is no corroboration over claims he sexually assaulted a woman at a party during high school.

"I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people", Kavanaugh said.

On Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump stressed: "I am with him all the way".

At least two Democratic senators are investigating the claim, the New Yorker reported.

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever", he said, responding to claims by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that he attempted to rape her during a high school house party sometime in 1982.

"It's starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy", said Kellyanne Conway on Monday.

Mr Trump cast doubt on the veracity and the timing of the piece, believing it was further proof of what he has been saying privately for days: that the Democrats and media were conspiring to undermine his pick.

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Ramirez told the magazine that there were gaps in her memory because she was drinking on the night of the incident. He also pointed to the letter, signed by 65 women he knew as a young man, that said he always treated women with "decency and respect".

Kavanaugh said President Trump called him Monday afternoon to tell him he's standing by him.

Kavanaugh, a judicial conservative and Trump's second Supreme Court pick, was nominated to fill the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

He has already successfully installed Neil Gorsuch on the bench to replace the late Antonin Scalia.

The committee's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, has called on Grassley to postpone Thursday's hearing in order to investigate Ramirez's accusations.

It has also forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.

Others argued that the interview was orchestrated to appeal to conservatives - given that Fox is the go-to network for the president and his followers - and is not an attempt to fix Kavanaugh's reputation among the broader population, with whom he is deeply unpopular. He and Ford are still scheduled to testify Thursday at this point. Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation - I don't know when it happened, I don't know where it happened and everybody named in regard to being there, said it didn't happen.

According to Democratic staffers, members of the committee have been fielding multiple tips about other incidents in the week since Ford's allegation became public, and have been working to verify them.

Democrats pressed for additional time after The New Yorker magazine reported a new accusation - that Kavanaugh exposed himself to a fellow student at a Yale University dormitory party during the 1983-1984 academic year.

Besides the new allegation from Kavanaugh's college years, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, has claimed to be representing another accuser from the judge's high school years. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also said they were unaware of the allegations before the New Yorker story was published.