Maryland's US senators on Monday called the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "credible" and "very serious" and said the Senate must take the time to allow them to be aired before voting. Ford provided portions of the therapist's notes to the paper, which described an incident without mentioning Kavanaugh by name. Less evident but significant nonetheless, Trump Jr. seems to lack a basic understanding of what sexual assault entails: a lack of consent.
He added that a planned vote on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination should be put on hold while the investigation takes place.
"Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee", Collins tweeted later Monday.
"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", Kavanaugh said.
A record number of women, majority Democrats, will be on the nation's ballots in the November 6 congressional elections. The official said Kavanaugh has been coming to the White House "often" for meetings during the confirmation process.
But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting.
"If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay", Trump said of the confirmation process.
If Republicans pause Kavanaugh's nomination now, then decide to go forward with it after the election, they'd be operating as lame ducks, voted out of the majority by the American people.
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Last week, a CNN poll conducted by SSRS was released showing a split in those who want the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - with 38% who said yes vote in favor and 39% who said no, don't vote in favor.
Ford is a professor and research psychologist in Northern California at Palo Alto University and the Stanford University PsyD Consortium, a clinical psychology program where she teaches statistics, research methods and psychometrics. The White House issued a statement from Kavanaugh denying the allegations.
It's a fearless woman who evidently decided that no matter how she might be affected for years to come by her decision to go public- to then go on and decide that what happens to her country is more important than what happens to her.
The fresh calls on Monday followed similar statements over the weekend from key Republicans like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, exerting more pressure on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to delay the proceedings.
Backlash to Hill's treatment by then all-male Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 is widely accepted to have helped usher in the so-called "Year of the Woman" in 1992, when the number of women in the Senate doubled from two to four. "She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped", Debra S. Katz told NBC's "Today" show.
"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement.
Earlier this summer, Ford had revealed her claims to "a senior Democratic lawmaker", as the Post reported Sunday. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, early Monday afternoon, Kavanaugh continued to deny Ford's allegations, according to an official familiar with the call.
"I think it's too soon to tell, but Flake is the one man with the leverage to do this", GOP strategist Rick Wilson told Politico. Republican senators are expressing concern over a woman's private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers.
Ford initially contacted both Feinstein and The Washington Post in July, but at the time, she was not willing to make her allegation publicly.