Senate Judiciary Committee likely proposing Wednesday hearing wi

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa has requested a response from Christine Blasey Ford about whether she will testify before the committee

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa has requested a response from Christine Blasey Ford about whether she will testify before the committee

"We offered her a public or a private hearing as well as staff-led interviews, whichever makes her most comfortable".

"I'm been traveling around the country attending Trump rallies", one caller from Texas said. "Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

Christine Blasey Ford, PhD has claimed Judge Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both teenagers in high school.

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Katz on Monday characterized Kavanaugh's actions as "attempted rape", adding that Ford thinks "that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped".

The attorney also stated that before her client appears at the hearing, she wants an FBI investigation into Mr Kavanaugh. "For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect", they wrote.

Republicans, some of whom see the allegations as a stalling tactic by Democrats to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation, have been pushing to confirm him before November's midterm elections, when they could lose their 51-49 majority control of the Senate.

"If they want to cover it up, they have the ability to do so".

"What I want to know is, 'what did they know and when did they know it?'" said Leahy. "If she shows up that would be wonderful". Trump and other Republicans said they did not think the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed to be involved. That underscores a desire to avoid antagonizing female voters at a time when the #MeToo movement has made sexual abuse a major political dynamic. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused Democrats of using their calls for an FBI investigation as a ploy. Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the judiciary panel, she thinks the hearing should be delayed. Ford says a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh and a friend grabbed her at a high school party, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh 17; that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her; that he put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. She also said Mark Judge witnessed it. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said.

An FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations", the lawyers wrote.

With uncertainty about the hearing, there was some discussion among Republicans that if Ford refuses to testify in person on Monday - then the GOP might just move next week to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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"I'm disappointed, and of course if Sen". "This is a situation that is stacked". "He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States'".

Blasey Ford's attorneys told NPR's Morning Edition and other outlets that Ford is willing to testify.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, also supported Ford's proposal.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley said in response to the controversy that the accuser deserves to be heard and her information assessed.

Flake said he's hopeful Ford will accept the committee's invitation and speak at the hearing.

Thomas was eventually confirmed to the court.

Democrats have pushed back on the hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Monday hearing with Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford expected to give testimony. Though I would put nothing past the people who stole a Supreme Court seat from Merrick Garland, even this crew of Senate Republicans can not muscle through the nomination, bleating about the unfairness of 11th-hour complaints.

Grassley has rejected Leahy's request for such an investigation.

"Today - especially now, after last year's revelations about what women were experiencing in the workplace in 2017 - it seems to me that's just another wakeup call", Hill said in her first interview since another Supreme Court nominee was accused of sexual misconduct.

Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Juliet Linderman and Catherine Lucey contributed from Washington.

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