If she were to vote against Kavanaugh, the opposition of another Republican could block his nomination. When she testified before the Judiciary Committee, senators on both sides of the all-male panel questioned her credibility. Chuck Grassely of Iowa, wants Kavanaugh and Ford to be interviewed by phone by bipartisan staff. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham".
How Flake's involved: Flake, a Republican, was the first GOP senator to call for a pause on the Kavanaugh hearings until the committee hears from his accuser.
"This is a completely false allegation".
Mr. Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest people" anyone has ever known in response to reporters' question about him.
The photo attached shows a crumpled-up piece of notebook paper with a scribbled message: "Hi Cindy will you be my girlfriend, Love Bret". Notes of the session Ford gave the Post do not mention Kavanaugh by name.
Trump Jr. also "liked" a tweet from conservative actor James Woods that compared the accusation to a #MeToo "lynching".
Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) along with Republican Sen. So she'll come before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she'll make these allegations. Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify.
Grassley hasn't indicated he'd delay the committee vote.
"She should be heard", Conway said, adding that the process "should not unduly delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh".
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said he's willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way about the reports. It's unclear with whom he's meeting. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, early Monday afternoon, Kavanaugh continued to deny Ford's allegations, according to an official familiar with the call.
Hill in 1991 accused then-Supreme Court justice nominee Thomas of sexually harassing her.
Feinstein has been around Washington long enough to know that her opaque statement guaranteed that the contents of the letter, sent by a Stanford law professor on behalf of the accuser, would be pursued and publicized in short order. I am so proud of her that she finally made a decision to go public about her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that he sexually assaulted her. He said Democrats never raised it throughout the several days of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing that he said included "sometimes weird innuendo". A spokesman said the five-term congressman "believes the committee and full Senate should thoroughly evaluate the claims and Judge Kavanaugh should address them". "And Brett Kavanaugh got on top of her on the bed, pushed her down on the bed on her back, began groping at her, trying to take off her clothes".
Kavanaugh has "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegation.
And Trump himself appeared to not balk at the prospect of delayed hearings, telling reporters at the White House on Monday that if "it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".
Grassley said he was disappointed that Democrats - or Ford's attorney - had not come forward with the allegations sooner.
And in an unusually personal swipe, Schumer said McConnell was showing "unmitigated gall" to oppose delaying Kavanaugh's nomination after refusing for most of 2016 to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court after Antonin Scalia died.
"Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement", said spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.
Underscoring the raw political divisions prompted by the Kavanaugh fight, Feinstein said she'd only learned of the hearing on Twitter. No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas commended Grassley for seeking a procedure that "respects confidentiality".
All 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee asked Grassley on Monday to postpone the panel's vote to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation more time to investigate Ford's accusations.
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