The accusations, a day before Kavanaugh is set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee with a woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her at a party the two attended as teenagers, injects a new level of uncertainty into Kavanaugh's already tenuous path to confirmation.
Republicans are pushing to seat Mr Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty. "She knows exactly what happened".
During the free-wheeling news conference, Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Kavanaugh politically motivated.
On Wednesday, only hours after the media jumped on the story, the man reportedly responsible for the allegations recanted his accusations, tweeting, "Do everyone who is going insane about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake".
"I want to watch, I want to see, "Mr Trump said at a news conference in NY on Wednesday, adding that he was "open to changing my mind". In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now", he said in testimony released on Wednesday". "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", Ford said. The White House has stood firmly behind Kavanaugh since the allegations of sexual misconduct started to become public. "I was underneath one of them [Kavanaugh] while the two [Kavanaugh and Judge] laughed". On Twitter, Trump himself described Democrats' efforts to scupper Kavanaugh's nomination as a "con job" created to ruin a good man. Trump also blasted Avenatti personally on Twitter, calling him a "third rate lawyer" who makes "false accusations" and is "looking for attention".
Blasey Ford describes being accosted by a "visibly drunk" Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge.
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Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and in his prepared opening statement released Wednesday, reiterated those denials "categorically and unequivocally".
Along with the polygraph examination, Ford and her attorneys sent over four signed declarations late Tuesday from people she told about the alleged sexual assault over the years in hopes to support her claims.
"I tried to yell for help", Christine Blasey Ford will tell U.S. lawmakers, according to prepared testimony that she will deliver at a high-profile hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone". Although Republican leaders say they want to move forward with a confirmation vote, some moderate Republicans have not yet committed to voting for him. She claimed that he pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to pull off her clothes, covering her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream.
Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party when both were Yale freshmen.