Kirsten Gilibrand, accepted a letter on Thursday signed by more than 1,000 alumni of the Holton-Arms School *in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who attended the school when she says Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her. Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaking to conservative activists at the Value Voters Summit in Washington on Friday morning, expressed confidence Kavanaugh would be confirmed.
The panel had scheduled a hearing on Monday.
It is also not traditional for the accused to testify first and not have an opportunity for rebuttal. The answers people in this case might give to FBI investigators could be suggestive in terms of what they say they remember, what they deny and what level of detail they are willing to volunteer - mindful about the potential penalty for lying.
"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate.
But Grassley says that although Ford should have the chance to tell her story, he won't wait forever.
She spoke with staff for the Judiciary Committee's chair and ranking member and laid out their requests in order for Ford to testify next week, including that Kavanaugh not be in the same room.
David Ludwig, a lawyer who specializes in defamation, said that Whelan's tweetstorm "absolutely" met the standard for a libel case involving a private citizen like the former Georgetown Prep student named. "
The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth."
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Kavanaugh has had a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week.
'Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?' he asked.
He added that "if she does not show up it would be unfortunate".
She claims Judge Kavanaugh, then 17, tried to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth when she started to scream. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats. It has also bloomed into a broader clash over whether women alleging abuse are taken seriously by men and how both political parties address such claims with the advent of the #MeToo movement - a theme that could echo in this November's elections for control of Congress.
"So these are the kind of men and women that President Trump has been sending up and we've been confirming, and I hope it makes you proud", McConnell said.
Hirono said Wednesday on CNN's "New Day" that committee is setting up a situation "where there is not even a modicum of fairness extended" to Ford without a proper FBI investigation into the incident.
A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also have received threats. A person familiar with the call said Ford could testify by next Thursday.
In addition to security, expected to be provided by Capitol Police, Ford has asked for press coverage of her testimony to be the same as for Kavanaugh.
Palo Alto University issued a statement supporting Ford.