While Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is embroiled in an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl while in high school, Republicans and Democrats are growing increasingly at odds with what kind of process should come next and putting the appeals judge's confirmation chances on thin ice.
The note has boxes to check for "yes" or "no" and seems to compare Mr Kavanaugh's accuser to a school yard crush.
"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Feinstein said. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee, is not cooperating.
Which way Kavanaugh's nomination goes - to the high court or down in defeat - is all about the math of votes in the 100-member Senate.
Many GOP activists stood firmly by Kavanaugh amid the firestorm and prepared for a drawn-out battle over his nomination.
Ford, a psychology professor in California, claims that at a party in the 1980s when she was 15, Kavanaugh, 17 at the time, and a friend drunkenly cornered her in a bedroom and allegedly pinned her down, groped her, and attempted to pull off her clothes. "I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".
A record number of women, a lot of them Democrats, will be on the nation's ballots in the November 6 congressional elections. She said she got away when a companion of Kavanaugh's jumped on him.
"Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States", Schumer said.
"If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay", Trump said of the confirmation process. Nothing about the letter or what was in it was brought up during dozens of meetings Kavanaugh had with senators leading up to his confirmation hearings, including a meeting with Feinstein herself, or the actual hearings. Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S. Susan Collins, a key Republican swing vote who has been at the center of the left's efforts to block the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Sixty-five women who knew Mr Kavanaugh in high school have defended him in a letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect".
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Kavanaugh has offered a full denial, saying : "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone". Unlike Thomas, who allegedly behaved offensively as an adult and fully sober, "you and I know high school kids".
Eshoo praised Ford and said her constituent has "exhibited an enormous amount of courage to do this".
Ford's allegations put Schimel in something of a bind; Schimel has worked for years to portray himself as a champion and advocate for sexual assault victims, urging prosecutors and police to take their allegations seriously.
Kavanaugh flatly denied the accusation and was, according to the White House, ready to testify "tomorrow" in his defense.
Before Ford had come forward, he said, "So far, the claims against Kavanaugh are _still_ a awful dirty trick".
Katz declined to tell NBC whether her client believes Kavanaugh's nomination should be withdrawn from consideration. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared to set the tone across multiple morning shows on Monday when she pushed for Ford to be allowed to testify before lawmakers.
She says that's up to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I'm not really sure where this goes from here", Johnson said.
"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation". But she questions whether the incident occurred as Ford described it, noting that Ford said she couldn't recall certain details about the date, place and other aspects.