President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up his defense of his US Supreme Court nominee, saying it was hard to imagine Brett Kavanaugh committed a sexual assault and it would be unfortunate if his accuser did not testify before the Senate.
Indications suggest that the Senate Judiciary Committee is about to acquiesce to some of Christine Blasey Ford's requests for when she testifies next week about how she was supposedly assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh.
Ford has alleged that in the early 1980s Kavanaugh and a friend took her into a room where he pinned her to a bed, groped her, tried to remove her clothes and put his hands over her mouth to muffle her when they were both teenagers at a house party in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
Supporters of Kavanaugh have also rallied behind him, while people backing Ford protested in Congress on Thursday.
Leading the way for the GOP is President Donald Trump, the former reality show star who on Friday attacked Ford's credibility and zeroes in on people who "make me look as bad as possible".
CBS News has obtained the email sent by Ford's attorneys Thursday night to the Judiciary Committee after their call.
Trump also insinuated on Twitter that the claims were coming from "radical" left wing lawyers and politicians on Twitter and asked why no one called the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago. But both had previously stated that if Ford's allegations are true they'd be disqualifying - and their votes are enough to sink Kavanaugh's bid for the high court.
Trump's Friday tweets contrasted to comments earlier in the week when he said Ford should be heard, even if it meant a delay in the confirmation process.
McConnell said with a tiny 51-49 majority that was the most consequential decision he made. "But they've delayed it a week, and they have to get on with it".
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify on Monday.
Republicans have pressured Ford to testify at a hearing this Monday, a session at which Kavanaugh has already said he'd appear. Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.
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.
A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Sens.
Her office released an audio recording to Politico in which she said: "I was appalled by the president's tweet".
Bozell said she wanted to see Ford testify on Capitol Hill and that if she won't do so voluntarily, she should be subpoenaed.
"In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", he said firmly.
He went on to say that there could be an empty seat on the Supreme Court for two years if Democrats win the House and the Senate, referencing an idea Sen.
"First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault - I'm not saying that's what happened in this case - but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist". Judge also said he never saw Kavanaugh "act in the manner Dr Ford describes".
"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims", she said. They left the seat vacant for a record 422 days, while now pushing to confirm Kavanaugh before the court sits on October 1 - a month before the party's political fortunes could change in the midterm elections.
"Chairman Grassley's staff had a call with Dr. Ford's attorneys today to discuss receiving her testimony in the Judiciary Committee, and will consult with his colleagues on the committee".