Very serious allegations have been made by Dr. Ford,” Sanders said. “Those allegations are going to have to be examined thoroughly. I regarded an outrageous statement by the President of the United States dismissing those allegations. I hope that the Senate takes a very hard look at what she has to say.”
Dr. Ford has agreed to an open hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the AP reports, a second allegation of sexual misconduct emerged against Kavanaugh on Sunday, a development that has forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation.
The new accusation landed late Sunday in a report from The New Yorker, just a few hours after negotiators had reached an agreement to hold an extraordinary public hearing Thursday for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denies the claim.
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