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Meanwhile, women on social media shared their own reasons for never filing a report after an assault, using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport - causing it to trend No. 1 on Twitter Friday.

Gumeson, a Republican, said that times have changed, and she's glad, but that she didn't believe people should try to apply today's standards retroactively.

She told the Post she remembered thinking, "I'm not ever telling anyone this".

Mr Trump had previously avoided naming Dr Ford or openly casting doubt on her account. Since even before the election, Trump has been fending off allegations of his own behavior - including a recording from years ago saying that, as a famous person, he could grope women with impunity - and lawsuits.

"I think if Senator Feinstein had raised this with Senator Grassley in July, the likely next step would have been asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to go out and investigate" Ford's story, Nunziata says. Sen. "This is nothing, it didn't happen, and he didn't rape me". "You can't wait that long".

The event is the latest effort by allies of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to counter the allegation of sexual assault that may have the potential to derail his confirmation to the high court.

"We know that allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist". "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong".

The preference would be for Ford to testify next Thursday, and she doesn't want Kavanaugh in the same room, her attorney told Judiciary Committee staff in a 30-minute call that also touched on security concerns and others issues.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, a member of the Judiciary Committee, criticized the "counteroffer" to Ford's offer to testify next week.

First, will Ford's attorney give a signal tonight before the new deadline or will she ignore it?

The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.

The women declined Friday to answer questions about Ford, saying they were there to talk about Kavanaugh and how "we know the man, we know his heart".

"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".

Dr. Ford has stated that she's willing to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee if required, and while Republicans have cautiously said they want that to happen... they're also pressing to move forward with Kavanaugh's SCOTUS confirmation vote.

"So we'll let it play out, and I think everything is going to be just fine". The Senate should carefully weigh Ford's allegations - and Kavanaugh's denials - but Ford's decision not to tell authorities when she was 15 is not an important factor here.

Kavanaugh has firmly denied the allegations made against him.

Ford has contended that at a house party in Washington's Maryland suburbs, a drunken Kavanaugh tried undressing her and stifling her cries on a bed before she fled.

On the Senate floor Friday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed confidence Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

"You've watched the fight".

"Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", he said to applause.

"I think it's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh for her not to come forward and testify", moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins, whose vote could be crucial, said in a radio interview.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.

Feinstein tweeted this week that Ford had sought confidentiality and "I honored that".

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