A lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who alleges she was subjected to a sexual assault by supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were in high school, says her client is willing to testify before the Senate judiciary committee.
If either President Trump or Kavanaugh himself were to withdraw his nomination, it is unlikely that a new nominee would be confirmed prior to this November's midterm elections. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, for some time.
Ed Whelan, a conservative legal writer, has been a vociferous defender of Kavanaugh from the beginning of his nomination. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her during a high school party in the 1980s.
Gardner has joined a growing number of senators - mostly Democrats but also including some Republicans - who favor letting Christine Blasey Ford be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee before it votes on Kavanaugh.
One of them, Sen. In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings. She says that Kavanaugh covered her mouth when she attempted to cry out.
"Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States", Schumer said. Many Democrats have called for a delay in the vote, and a handful of Republicans have opened the door to that possibility.
Editor's note: This story updates Monday's report on calls for a delay in Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing. "They turned up the music very loudly and at some point Mark Judge jumped on the bed, they all toppled off, and she was able to escape", Banks told NPR.
Julie DeVol said she didn't really anticipate the letter would provoke such intense interest, though she sensed Kavanaugh's critics "would do anything" to delay his confirmation vote.
Ford has presented a therapist's notes from 2012 about the assault and her husband's corroborating testimony, but this is not enough for Erickson.
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Plus, the longer this nomination is held up, the longer the allegations could simmer, and the more trouble Kavanaugh could be in.
The fresh calls on Monday followed similar statements over the weekend from key Republicans like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, exerting more pressure on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to delay the proceedings.
Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee.
"The chain of custody of this letter runs through the Democratic side of the Judiciary Committee".
Kavanaugh said in a statement distributed by the White House Monday that he wanted to "refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity". Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) said she talked to Ford at length and said, "I found her very credible". "She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped", Debra S. Katz told NBC's "Today" show. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone".
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.
Leahy said in a statement that the "integrity of our nation's highest court is on the line" and "we can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat".
Republicans at first seemed determined to avoid a public airing of the allegations against Kavanaugh and on Monday began a vociferous defense of the judge.
He writes: "While I suspect the accuser will bring forward some friends who claim she told them at the time, because that is just how convenient this story is, thus far none have come forward".