Conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared set to sail through Senate confirmation for the vacancy on the nation's top court until a California professor publicly accused him of having sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers nearly four decades ago. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Republicans are suggesting that Ford, whose allegations have upended Kavanaugh's nomination - the committee's vote was already pushed from Thursday to likely next week - will have one chance to testify, and one chance only.
Blow called for a trauma-informed investigation and backed up Blasey's request for an FBI investigation into her claim.
"I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man". Now, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has responded, telling Ford's attorneys in a letter of his own that he is willing to make the hearing private, but not to delay it past September 24. "She is not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday".
Chairman Chuck Grassley is also setting deadlines.
He added, "We have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence". The party controls the Senate 51-49 and the Judiciary panel by 11-10, so it can not afford GOP "no" votes.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he had "a lot of questions" for Kavanaugh.
The hue and cry from Democrats for further investigations and indefinite delays exposes the deep hypocrisy of the Democratic Party on the issue of domestic and sexual assault.
Republican staffers on the Judiciary panel have interviewed Kavanaugh and sought an interview with Ford.
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He said Wednesday it would be "very interesting". "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh said in a statement.
"Even what she's done so far would impact my thinking, but not almost as much as if she sat there and I had a chance to question her", Bredesen said.
Grassley said the panel plans to call only two witnesses, Ford and Kavanaugh, and not another man, Mark Judge, whom Ford says was in the same bedroom during the alleged attack.
Ford and Democrats have said that her testimony should come after the White House directs the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look further into her allegation.
And Susan Collins, a Republican senator seen as potentially voting against party lines, also said that Ford needed to testify.
But the president said he wanted the Senate to go ahead with the nominee confirmation process.
In light of the recent allegations made against Kavanaugh and what you previously knew of him, do you think he should sit on the Supreme Court?
Protesters wore pins reading "I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford" and filed silently into the Maine Republican's office.
Clinton said that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford. "Fairness and respect dictate that she should have time to deal with this".
"Yes, I think ... whenever you have something that is a big question like this, you ask the FBI to investigate what the facts (are)", Nelson said.
Professor Blasey Ford's lawyers say their client has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats" since coming forward. "I sincerely hope that Dr Ford will accept my invitation to do so, either privately or publicly, on Monday".
Back in 1991, however, the FBI did investigate sexual harassment claims against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. And all because the left is desperate to avoid another conservative on the Supreme Court. Some Republicans have urged their colleagues to get past Ford's allegations and proceed with a vote.