A sexual assault allegation has many questioning if Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has no doubt that Kavanaugh will be confirmed "in the very near future".
Democrats have been delaying a vote on Kavanaugh, first in order to allow Christine Blasey Ford, who recently accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her 36 years ago, to testify, and then to allow an FBI investigation into her claims. Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false".
Attorney Debra Katz said Professor Ford, 51, a psychology professor in California, had received death threats and for safety reasons had relocated her family.
The discussion revived the possibility that the panel would hold an electrifying campaign-season hearing at which both Ford and President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee could give their versions of what did or didn't happen at a party in the 1980s.
In a statement on Wednesday, a lawyer for Ford said her client was willing to cooperate with the committee, but criticized its plan to have only Ford and Kavanaugh testify.
Kavanaugh, meanwhile, has said he is ready to appear on Monday (Tuesday NZT). The senator said Ford was expected to testify before Kavanaugh, but that lawmakers consented to Ford's request not to have him in the same room with her.
Miranda says she played soccer with Ford - whom she refers to as Chrissy - in high school and that she continues to support her. Miranda added that despite not knowing specifics of what went on at the party three decades ago, she remembers that there was a "buzz" that went around possibly on a weekend about the party where an alleged incident involving students from her school and Kavanaugh's took place.More news: Singapore Apple fans get hands on new iPhone XS and XS Max
There are no Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the idea of an outside questioner being brought in has been floated publicly. But he also called for Ford's voice to be heard: "With all of that, I feel that the Republicans-and I can speak for myself-we should go through a process, because there shouldn't be even a little doubt".
Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, demonstrate in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. The only people Ford says were present for the alleged assault are Kavanaugh and schoolmate Mike Judge, both of whom say this incident never happened.
Twelve of Ford's family members wrote an open letter, posted on Twitter by her niece, actress and singer Bridgit Mendler, calling Ford "highly ethical" and saying "her honesty is above reproach". The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. "They've delayed it a week already. they have to get on with it". Dr. Blasey has said she is willing to appear before the committee next week, and she deserves to be treated with respect, and sensitivity to the trauma she has endured as a result of her assault.
"You say, why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?", Trump asked. The FBI could investigate Dr. Ford's allegations in a matter of days.
He said Kavanaugh's accuser should "have her say and let's see how it all works out, but I don't think you can delay it any longer". Still, the bare 51-49 Republican majority means they can lose just one vote and still approve him if all Democrats vote no.
Whelan, an adviser to Kavanaugh's confirmation effort, dumped all this on Twitter Thursday evening.
The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.