Bob Corker also believes Kavanaugh's accuser should be heard out before the Judiciary Committee votes on his nomination, the Tennessee senator's spokesperson, Micah Johnson, said in a statement to CNN. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I'll continue working to set them up. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a long-time member of the Judiciary Committee and a former chairman told NPR's Morning Edition.
"We're talking about, you understand we're talking about 35 years ago". The Justice Department seems to agree. "The objective of a background investigation is to determine whether the nominee could pose a risk to the national security of the United States. The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers". Mr Grassley said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. She said that she remembered being pushed into a bedroom by Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge. The statement seemed to suggest that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not now investigating it.
Ford went public with her allegation in an article published by The Washington Post on Sunday. She claims Kavanaugh drunkenly held her down, groped her, and attempted to undress her at a party in the early 1980s.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations in a pair of statements in the past week. "Everyone says the same about her".
If the judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6, when congressional control will be at stake.
Two women who dated Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and who knew him in high school issued statements defending his character in response to an accusation of sexual misconduct. Harry Reid (D) of Nevada, when he was Senate majority leader.
"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known".
"This is different circumstances, occurring in a whole different time", says Manley, warning about "blowback" if Republicans try to overreach and impugn Ford's motives for coming forward. Dianne Feinstein describing her alleged ordeal with Kavanaugh when they were in high school. Chuck Grassley, says that Ford's lawyer has not responded to invitations to attend the hearing.
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 Mr Trump seeks to continue his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right.
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Republicans have blasted Democrats for the way in which the accusation came out - at the 11th hour, while for six weeks, the senior Democrat on the committee, Sen. But many say they recognize the situation has gotten very precarious and are watching very closely how things play on Capitol Hill. "I would surely hope she'd come Monday". But Democratic staff declined to be part of the call, a committee spokesman said.
Asked whether he agreed with Sen.
Republicans were perceived as too harsh in their questioning of Hill. He added later, "You're raising legitimate questions that are still in my mind".
Trump repeated earlier statements that he is in favor of allowing both the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh to speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Thomas was eventually confirmed to the court.
Many Republicans see the move as a way to delay or block his confirmation. Weinstein denies the allegations.
Leahy recalled that Kavanaugh "testified under oath - and he testified repeatedly - that he never received any stolen materials, and that he knew nothing about it until it was public".
Republican leadership on the Judiciary Committee have questioned the timing of the revelation of Ford's letter and her allegation, coming just as the committee was preparing to vote on the nomination on Thursday. "A lot of people in the Senate weren't going to vote for him anyway".
"So it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"
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