Posted: Sep. 18, 2018 8:00 am Updated: Sep.
"We will delay the process until it's finished out".
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him.
The Iowa senator added that he hopes Ford would come to the hearing on Monday. How well did she know Kavanaugh?
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Ford says that at a party when both were teenagers in the early 1980s, an intoxicated Kavanaugh trapped her in a bedroom, pinned her on a bed, tried to undress her and forced his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
Republicans are treading carefully, eager to avoid a repeat of the Thomas-Hill debacle. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". She said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying. Trump says the judge "is not a man that deserves this". "We want to hear both sides", President Trump said.
Over the weekend, Ford went public with her allegation in an interview with the Washington Post, claiming that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party in the 80s and that she did not speak of this until 2012, during couples therapy.
Editor's Note: On Tuesday night, CNN reported that Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Ford, wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe allegations before she testifies. The Supreme Court justice nominee said he was willing to testify before the committee next week.
Grassley set a public hearing for next Monday at which Kavanuagh and Ford were invited to testify.
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McConnell said Ford can testify in private if she prefers.
"This is mainly an opportunity to accommodate her".
"The FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh is closed", he said.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has not yet announced how she will vote, said Ford deserved her day before the committee.
Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of a sexual attack when they were both in high school. A spokesman for Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said Republicans have "made contact with other alleged witnesses" for transcribed interviews. "There was a witness there - and that was this fellow (Mark) Judge".
Thomas, who was nominated by President George H.W. Bush, related in his memoir that when he was first asked by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents whether he made sexual advances to Hill or talked about pornography with her, he replied, "Absolutely not".
Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., a centrist Democrat, said the committee should slow down and allow for "a little bit more investigation" before it holds its hearing.
Anita Hill, whose 1991 allegations of sexual harassment against a Supreme Court nominee foreshadowed the scene now playing out in D.C., said Tuesday that the Senate is no better prepared to vet claims against a nominee today than it was then.
"He is somebody very special; at the same time, we want to go through a process, we want to make sure everything is ideal, everything is just right", Trump told the media at the White House.
The FBI has not commented on Trump's contention that the agency does not want to get involved. But Hirono said the entire setup is unfair to Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh has denied it.
When asked about Democrats' request for the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh before the hearing takes place - and whether that could be a deciding factor for Ford to testify, Cornyn said: "She is not really in a position to make conditions, in my view".
Samantha Semerad Guerry, a classmate of Ford's who signed the letter, said the idea to write it came from their Holton-Arms class of 1984 alumnae email chain.