Christine Blasey Ford, who goes by Christine Blasey professionally, sent a letter to committee chairman Sen.
"The committee should hear her voice", he said. But they say that in the days since she gone public with her allegation, she has been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats".
"Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women", he continued. Should he order such a review, it would likely delay a confirmation vote until after the election. Republicans are aiming for full Senate confirmation before the Supreme Court term begins October 1. But the president says Kavanaugh's nomination is "on track".
The Republican president said he wanted the Senate confirmation process to play out.
The Post identified Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University in California, as the woman whose accusation surfaced last week and raised the first serious doubts about Kavanaugh's confirmation. And I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up.
The California based research psychologist claimed Mr Kavanaugh assaulted her in the early 1980s when she was at high school. "The invitation for Monday still stands". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told NBC News that Ford is "mixed up", and called Kavanaugh "honest" and "straightforward".
Will Ford testify before the Senate?
Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced. Already, one Senate Democrat has threatened that if her party won the majority, they would hold retired justice Anthony M. Kennedy's seat open through the 2020 presidential election, so they can be the ones to replace the swing-vote justice. "A simple denial is not the end of questioning".
But the letter provoked protests from committee Republicans, who disputed the claim that Ford had been asked to testify on the same panel as Kavanaugh and insisted that an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry was not necessary for Ford to share her "personal knowledge and memory of events". "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen. Debra S. Katz, Ford's attorney, said on NBC's "Today" that Ford was ready to testify publicly to the Judiciary panel, but she did not respond Monday evening to efforts to learn whether she would appear. "I am, anyway, and I think most of us are".
In a tweet Tuesday night, Trump wrote: "The Supreme Court is one of the main reasons I got elected as President".
"She should not be insulted, she should not be ignored, she should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill", Conway said. "And then they will vote", Trump added.
Lawmakers were set to decide on President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court on Thursday; however, sexual assault accusations pushed Judge Brett Kavanaugh's hearing back to Monday.
"Obviously, if Judge Kavanaugh has lied about what happened, that would be disqualifying", she said. While no sexual assault survivor should be subjected to such an ordeal, Dr. Ford wants to cooperate with the Committee and with law enforcement officials.
The risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high.
In a blog post on Monday, Lenora M. Lapidus, director of the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, echoed Hill's argument by encouraging members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to make sure they "get it right this time around" by not repeating the mistakes of the past. But that may be moot if Ford declines to appear. This is a very tough thing for him and his family. "This is not a man that deserves this". He called the allegations a "drive-by attack" on the judge's character.
"There are gaps in her memory", Cornyn said. "She analyzes the data and lets the data tell the story".
"Now this is really what #MeToo is all about, if you think about it", said Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two moderates who have yet to announce their positions on Kavanaugh and aren't on the Judiciary Committee. She alleges that a heavily drunk Kavanaugh had forcefully pinned her to bed and tried to remove her clothing.