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A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme Court, The New Yorker said Sunday.

One issue that appears to have been resolved is the committee's refusal to subpoena Mark Judge, the other person Ford alleges was in the room when the assault occurred when they were high school age.

Lawyers for the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault say she has accepted a Senate committee's request to tell her side next week.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) has been negotiating with Ford's lawyer for several days for Ford to testify before the committee. Ford herself accounted for that discrepancy by saying that four boys were at the party, but only two of them had followed her upstairs and assaulted her while the other two boys remained downstairs, unaware of what was taking place.

A spokesman for Utah Republican Mike Lee, who sits on the committee, told the Guardian that the new allegations came "absolutely [as a] 100% surprise" to the Senator. "I will listen if she does".

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.

Ford is set to testify before the Judiciary Committee about her allegation on Thursday.

"If one Republican senator should decide that Dr Ford's allegations, assertions, are true, and that they are serious, it could make a big difference in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", Durbin said. A White House spokesperson also expressed support for Kavanaugh. Ford's lawyers also want to call on two trauma experts, the person said.

Ramirez has called on the FBI to investigate her claims, as have Democratic Senate lawmakers - who first learned about the accusations last week, along with Senior Republican staffers. In the letter, Ford claims she was "physically and sexually assaulted" by Kavanaugh and that she received medical treatment as a result.

Trump's outburst saw an outpouring of sympathy for Ford - and outrage at the president - as thousands of women, and men too, shared why they had kept silent after being assaulted, under the Twitter hashtag #WhyIDidntReport.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, immediately called for a postponement of Kavanaugh's nomination and called for the FBI to investigate both Ford and Ramirez's allegations.

The hearing scheduling announcement comes two days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to discount the allegations or their potential effect on confirmation of Kavanaugh, who is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

In an email to the committee, an attorney for Keyser wrote that she "does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present".

Judge has denied having any memory of such an incident and said he did not want to testify. Katz requested that the hearing be held next Thursday, and that Kavanaugh testify before Ford, among other requests.

Flake tweeted Saturday, "Progress on a Judiciary Committee hearing is being made".

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. Ford told the Post that she did not expect Keyser to recall the party because, from her perspective, nothing remarkable had happened there. In that case, the FBI investigated Hill's allegations and produced a report three days later, before the Judiciary Committee held its now-infamous hearings with Hill and Thomas. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

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