A person familiar with the call said Ford could not testify until next Thursday. Bill Nelson of Florida said that Ford and Kavanaugh should both appear in front of the committee. No decisions were reached, the aide said.
"I question whether this will be significant 10 days from now because it does look like she isn't going to testify", Mr. Luntz told Fox's Laura Ingraham.
Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer responded to Republican calls for Ford to testify to the Senate about her claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), saying he would attend the Senate hearing scheduled for Monday to "clear my name".
At a midterms campaign rally in Las Vegas late Thursday, Trump told the crowd that he fully backs Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh said in a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday that he "will be there" on Monday.
The timetable brought cries of protest from Democrats, who have called on the FBI to investigate the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, and to expand the number of witnesses who would be called beyond Ford and Kavanaugh.
Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after all, her attorney said Thursday, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown next week over Ford's accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. Additionally, Ford wants to testify after Kavanaugh, does not want Kavanaugh in the same room when she speaks to the committee and would like extra security precautions, the sources said.
A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats. And now the Senate Judiciary Committee and the media are investigating Kavanaugh's alleged groping of a woman when he was in high school. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she considered the Republican ultimatum of a Monday hearing to be "bullying". "She needs to have the FBI investigate". Katz said in the email that it was Ford's "strong preference" to allow a full investigation before her testimony, though the lawyer didn't say whether Ford would insist on one.
But, with Kavanaugh denying the accusation and Blasey Ford so far unable to produce witnesses on her own behalf, Grassley and the White House have pressed for her to testify soon in hopes they can get past the controversy and quickly get Kavanaugh approved. Chuck Grassley on September 20, 2018 at Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, for a lifetime appointment to fill a vacancy on the country's highest court, with independent court analysts saying they believe Kavanaugh would shift the court's ideological balance toward conservative rulings for years to come. Some critics have posted allegations against Ford on the internet that have been debunked. She accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15.
Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, Hawaii Democrat, made an anti-male tirade heard "round the world - "Just shut up and step up" - signaling the party's willingness to slap all men with the #MeToo label if that's what it takes to bring down Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh " s Supreme Court bid.