Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican who also graduated from the Holton-Arms School.
All of which is a long way of asking: Who do you suppose it was that tipped the media to Ford's accusations, putting them in a position to "out" her at the eleventh hour? Kavanaugh denies that account.
Blasey Ford has been reluctant to testify since she came forward on Sunday with her allegation, which threatened to derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court. The FBI investigated the sexual harassment claims Anita Hill leveled against Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation process in 1991. The one being investigated uses vulgar language and suggests violence.
Wednesday on CNN, she described the Senate's treatment of Ford as "callousness from my colleagues that I am totally appalled by".
Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement in June. The Senate judiciary committee hearings that featured her testimony made headlines for days.
The Senate is narrowly controlled by Republicans, who have embraced the idea of a quick vote on Kavanaugh's nomination if Ford does not to testify.
"Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it".
The mostly female demonstrators wore pins reading: "I believe Christine Blasey Ford".
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) tweeted this in the wee hours of Thursday morning, and by midday had apologized.
On Thursday, 56 people were arrested while attending anti-Kavanaugh protests on Capitol Hill.
Trump has campaigned for her opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, and he's scheduled to return to Missouri on Friday. The Supreme Court candidate has agreed to testify on the issue in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
Ford alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while both were still teens.
Ford's lawyers continue to say that they want a full FBI investigation to take place before Ford will testify.
He wrote: "Unfazed and determined".
Ford said that Kavanaugh and his male friend, who were reportedly drunk, laughed. Some critics have posted allegations against Ford on the internet that have been debunked.
Hirono told The Associated Press Thursday in an interview that her "shut up and step up" comment hasn't just resonated with women.
The source pointed out that "Cindy" in the scrawled note indicates that Trump Jr. was trying to lampoon Feinstein for refusing to identify Ford publicly and holding her letter through Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings for 11th-hour dramatic effect.
The FBI has conducted six background checks on Kavanaugh over the years.
Gillibrand says it's "bullying" for Republicans to say Ford must show up Monday or not at all.
Thursday's protesters came from a variety of groups, from healthcare organizations, disability rights groups and the Womens' Marches. They fear that without a shared set of facts, Republicans would simply move quickly after the testimony to confirm Kavanaugh.