U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of a 1982 sexual assault will be called to testify in the Senate next Monday, complicating what had appeared to be a smooth confirmation process.
The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group that backs Trump's judicial picks, plans to launch a $1.5 million ad campaign backing Kavanaugh, a spokeswoman said.
President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow. No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas backed him, lauding Grassley for seeking a process that "respects confidentiality".
"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known".
Over the summer, Ford sent a letter to Feinstein, her US senator, alleging in dramatic and chilling detail that years ago that Kavanaugh, as another young man watched, pinned her down, groped and assaulted her when they were teenagers at a party.
While Chuck Grassley released a statement saying that it's "disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations" have been released just now, fact is, the allegations have actually been partially corroborated.
Kavanaugh noted in his denial Monday that the accusation was "from 36 years ago".
Now Ford has told The Washington Post she had chose to waive her anonymity because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation" after the basic outlines of the story emerged in media last week.
Some senators meanwhile called for both Kavanaugh and Ford to address the matter before lawmakers. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, told The New York Times.
The judge was seen arriving at the White House on Monday morning but there was no immediate explanation of the reason for his visit.
Still, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said of Ford: "She should not be insulted". While some argued that she should be heard, others questioned how much of her memory can be trusted. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". "Neither the Judiciary Committee nor the full Senate should vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court until that takes place".
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"The Senate Judiciary Committee has to decide how each of them will testify", she said.
Kavanaugh has denied the claims.
By Monday afternoon, they got their wish, when the committee announced another day of hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination.
"They should be examined thoroughly and fairly by the Judiciary Committee without any artificial timeline". "I believe in order for me to assess the credibility of these allegations, that I want to have both individuals to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and testify under oath", she told reporters. "It honors the women of Arizona and America as well", Tanden said.
In addition to Collins, another key Republican, Alaska Sen.
In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) published a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and vouched for his good character.
Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, told the Post that the incident occurred in the 1980s when the 53-year-old Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland, and she was a 15-year-old sophomore at Holton-Arms School, an all-girls school in Bethesda, Maryland.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, said Ford's move "requires a pause, at a minimum, in the unseemly, special-interest-funded rush to put Brett Kavanaugh on the court". She says both Kavanaugh and Judge were "stumbling drunk", and Judge eventually jumped on top of both of them, allowing her to struggle free and lock herself in the bathroom until the boys left.
Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed while his friend watched, she said, then groped her while attempting to remove her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing on top of it.
"I stand to believe there's no such thing as a "he-said-she-said" case", Linda Fairstein, former bureau chief of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office's Sex Crimes Bureau, told The Washington Post. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid". She said she just wanted to send her allegation to her member of Congress and sit back.