President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nomination Brett Kavanaugh found himself at the focus of an increasing scandal this week as sexual allegations from his high school days have hit the headlines, adding what some will see as yet just another flaw to the history of the controversial nominee.
Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has said Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland. A friend told the San Jose Mercury News that Ford told her about the allegations late a year ago. But advocates and lawyers say Trump's tweets ignore the reasons many victims do not report sexual assault right away - or even come forward at all.
CBS News has obtained the email sent by Ford's attorneys Thursday night to the Judiciary Committee after their call. "I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify", Grassley said in the statement.
Professor Ford has asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, who she said was in the room at the time of the alleged incident.
But now Ford says she's willing to testify publicly next week. Although the letter notes that "the Majority and Minority staffs typically participate in these calls", Democratic staff have not been participating in this investigation, believing that it should be conducted by the FBI. The reports also said Ford's lawyers wanted Kavanaugh to appear separately first and that she wanted to be questioned by senators, not outside counsel. "It just seems like everybody is open to any kind of allegation because they don't like Trump".
"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth", Banks said.
The allegations come in the shadow of the powerful #Metoo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and echo the 1991 hearings for conservative Clarence Thomas to join the Supreme Court, when his former assistant Anita Hill accused him of repeated sexual harassment. "This is nothing, it didn't happen, and he didn't rape me".
"If she shows up, that would be wonderful". Ford told the Washington Post earlier this week that she did not tell her parents, or anyone else, about the alleged assault in its immediate aftermath-she was afraid to tell them she had been at a party where there had been underage drinking.
Katz said Ford needs time to "settle things with her family", travel and prepare to testify.
"Judge Kavanaugh clearly is supported to be the next member of the United States Supreme Court, and we'll move forward with this process and allow the votes to be counted".
Collins is an important player because she and a handful of other borderline senators could make the difference in the final vote on Kavanaugh in the Senate.
McConnell's goal has been to confirm Kavanaugh by October 1, the start of the Supreme Court term.
You demanded that the Committee call additional witnesses that Dr. Ford requests.
Republicans are furious over what they say was the deliberate timing of the last-minute revelation of Ford's allegation, accusing Democrats of seeking to prevent the process from finishing before the November midterm elections.
Sen. Chuck Grassley had set a 10 AM ET deadline this morning by which time Ford had to notify the committee as to whether she will testify by Monday's arbitrary deadline which. "That's when I will make my determination in regards to Judge Kavanaugh".
Prof Ford earlier declined the Senate's offer to testify unless the FBI began investigating the judge.