Jeff Flake, Bob Corker Don't Want Brett Kavanaugh Vote Delayed

Women protest the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Sept. 4 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington

Women protest the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Sept. 4 2018 on Capitol Hill

"From what I've heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime", one message said.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.

Politico reported on Tuesday that Bush said he and his wife, Laura, "have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades". Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.

The claim has jeopardised Mr Kavanaugh's formerly all-but certain-nomination for a lifetime job on the Supreme Court.

The letter on Tuesday said that Ford "wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement". She may have every intention of testifying and is simply looking for an easy way ahead of time to try to delegitimize the proceedings, expecting that Kavanaugh will be confirmed after the hearing anyway. Ford is willing to appear before Congress, and Conway urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear her testimony under oath. "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination", he said. "The invitation for Monday (Sept. 24) still stands". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told NBC News that Ford is "mixed up", and called Kavanaugh "honest" and "straightforward". If GOPers confirm him despite public testimony from his accuser, that's far more useful to the Democratic cause than if Ford passes on the hearing. Her family has relocated, they said.

"I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh". "A simple denial is not the end of questioning". But lawyers for Ford say that she wants an FBI investigation of her allegation in advance of a Judiciary Committee hearing set for Monday.

"Were planning on a hearing Monday. It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen.

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Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.

In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump wrote: "The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected as President". But he suggested Republicans will not bend from their offer of a hearing Monday.

"She has reviewed statistics for trials and research being presented to the federal government", Avery said. Given the politics, given energized women voters, given the new climate about sexual harassment, "it's very important that they give due respect to Dr. Ford". But that may be moot if Ford declines to appear.

"Ninety percent of people think she's a hero and are extremely supportive of her, and 10 percent want her to die immediately", the person said, adding, "Her worst fears are coming true". "This is not a man that deserves this". Republicans are facing a tough year politically and risk losing their majorities in the House of Representatives and maybe even the Senate. "And Judge Kavanaugh should also testify to these 36-year-old allegations". "There are gaps in her memory", AP quoted Cornyn as saying.

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"Now the whole nation's trying to figure out something that's not really evident", said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat.

Meanwhile, Kavanaugh has been calling Republican senators, including Kennedy, who said the nominee was committed to moving forward. She alleges that a heavily drunk Kavanaugh had forcefully pinned her to bed and tried to remove her clothing.

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