Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Hurricane Florence were the top names in news headlines this past week. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out".
Trump cast doubt on the veracity and the timing of the piece, believing it was further proof of what he has been saying privately: that the Democrats and media were conspiring to undermine his Supreme Court pick.
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. She said in an interview that she and Farrow last teamed up in May to produce a story about sexual harassment allegations against Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic attorney general of NY and a political foe of Trump. "You should look into the lawyers doing the representations".
She says she remembers Judge Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his trousers. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.
The second claim against Kavanaugh dates to his first year at Yale University.
Grassley's stance reflected a desire by President Donald Trump and GOP leaders to usher the 53-year-old Kavanaugh onto the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections, when Democrats are mounting a robust drive to grab congressional control. And I am now joining Senator Feinstein and other Democrats on the committee in calling on Chairman Grassley again to have the FBI conduct an appropriate background investigation on both of these alarming allegations from Deborah Ramirez about Judge Kavanaugh's alleged misdeeds at a party at Yale College and Christine Blasey Ford for allegations of sexual assault at a high school party.
Flake, who is retiring from the Senate in early January, was among the handful of Republicans who first said the committee should delay a vote until hearing from Ford.
Judiciary spokesman Taylor Foy complained that Democrats "actively withheld information" from the Republicans.
Ramirez admitted to New Yorker reporters Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer that she had been drinking and that she has gaps in her memories. "And we [at The New Yorker] reached out to her". She posted a sign on her front door, indicating she would have no comment.
Keyser is the latest person alleged to be at the party to say she has no recollection of it.
The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
Kavanaugh's nomination hangs precariously. A handful of senators in both parties remain undecided on his nomination.
Trump's searing reproach defied the Senate Republican strategy, and the advice of White House aides, of not disparaging Ford while firmly defending his nominee and the tight timetable for confirming him.
White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec blamed Democrats for the latest allegation.
In a tweet, Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and, according to The Washington Post, a strategist helping Kavanaugh navigate claims of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, said he "takes full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it". Ford says she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to get away.
Republicans on the committee and Ford's lawyers had disagreed on numerous counts.