Trump called Kavanaugh "an outstanding intellect", and he assailed Democrats for not bringing up the assault question sooner - Sen.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on radio's "Hugh Hewitt Show" said that he'd not yet received confirmation from Ford that she would appear at the hearing, despite several attempts to reach her camp. "We should not be rushing to judgment with a sham hearing on Monday that is designed exclusively to create a he-said, she-said atmosphere, assassinating her character", Gillibrand said. He has questioned why women wait so long to come forward if they are telling the truth.
McConnell and other leaders say they want to hear directly from Ford but are standing firm on their expectation that she appear before the committee on Monday, blaming Democrats for creating a disorderly examination of Kavanaugh's record.
"The important thing is to get this investigated", said Sen.
Maura Fitzgerald, who dated Kavanaugh in college, said she and Kavanaugh have been good friends since high school.
"I want to have both individuals come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath", Collins said to reporters Monday on Capitol Hill.
A spokeswoman for the organization, Carrie Severino, sparked a backlash online when she said Ford's allegations describe "a whole range of conduct from boorishness to rough horseplay to actual attempted rape". And she deserves to be heard.
"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", Kavanaugh continued.
Saphier said the Democrats are using the allegations as a political tool do kill another Republican nomination, but are ignoring their own past.
Senate Republicans want to follow up with Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in the regular order of the Senate confirmation process. "Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school, but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter", he said.
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Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, led a number of Democrats calling for a delay in the vote. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that the committee should delay its vote pending an investigation, Leahy said, "That would make sense".
"The party of Bill Clinton and Keith Ellison are trying to lecture Americans", she said.
Ms. Ford was invited to participate in a similar call, but her lawyer has not yet responded to the committee's request. Her attorney, Debra Katz, told CNN on Monday morning that Ford would be willing to testify before Congress and stood by her story in the face of expected push-back.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she was quoted as saying in the newspaper.
If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake.
The Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime".
The hearing represents a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge's confirmation chances for the lifetime post on the top USA court, as Trump seeks to continue his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right. Ford is saying that these were note taking mistakes on the part of her therapist.
Ford's story has not been corroborated, and many of Kavanaugh's former classmates are speaking out against these accusations. "These are two teenagers and it's obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away".
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