Seeing an opening, some Democrats are surely wondering if they can delay votes on Kavanaugh's nomination at least until after the midterm elections.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she was quoted as saying in the newspaper. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid".
I think, by and large, those undecided senators - we're talking about Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski especially on the Republican side - have said that they do want to hear more under oath from both Brett Kavanaugh and from his accuser, Ms. Ford.
"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", he added in his statement released by the White House.
White House spokesperson Raj Shah says Kavanaugh "looks forward to a hearing" and "stands ready to testify".
Another Democrat on the panel, Sen.
Ford alleges that Kavanaugh and his friend locked her in a room and that Kavanaugh, who was drunk, held her down and tried to remove her clothes. The therapist's notes were reviewed by The Washington Post and met Ford's recount with several discrepancies.
Evenly balanced for years, the court is expected to tilt decidedly conservative if Kavanaugh is approved, potentially threatening women's access to abortion, restrictions on presidential powers, and efforts to curb gun ownership.
Feinstein applauded Flake's call to slow things down.
"That's not relevant to credibility - when it took place and how it took place", Cardin said.
All three members - Sen.
But some Republicans, too, expressed hesitation Sunday.
One supporter of Kavanaugh also pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating".
When Kerry Washington announced that she was executive producing and starring in HBO's Confirmation, a 2016 dramatic reenactment of the Clarence Thomas's 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings, I confess, I wasn't sure we needed it. Judge has denied that the incident happened.
John Feehery, a Republican strategist, says the #MeToo movement is not just about justice - it's also about punishing those who have been in power for a long time. Key will be the views of Sens.
A spokesman for Mr Grassley said Mr Kavanaugh already went through several days of hearings and has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He added that he was willing to address the allegation in front of the Senate committee.
Republicans hold a slim 11-10 advantage on the Judiciary Committee.
Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh pinned her down and clumsily groped her during a prep school party, when Ford, 15, was a sophomore, and Kavanaugh, 17, a junior. She says she tried to scream, but that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth to silence her.
Still, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said of Ford: "She should not be insulted". "I think that's going to [tick] off an terrible lot of people, including women, who are more prone to vote in this day and age than men are".
The claim has jeopardised Mr Kavanaugh's formerly all-but certain-nomination for a lifetime job on the Supreme Court. Ford said, "Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?"
Initially the sexual misconduct allegation was conveyed in a private letter, without revealing Ford's name. But President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow. While Republican senators and some Democrats have criticized Feinstein for keeping quiet about the claims until last week, Leahy said he would not "second-guess" his successor.
"She spoke to the senator very soon after the letter was sent, which was July 30".
Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in a separate letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect".
A group of women who attended Holton-Arms have begun to circulate a letter of support for Ford.
Underscoring the raw political divisions prompted by the Kavanaugh fight, Feinstein said she'd only learned of the hearing on Twitter.