The fact that Feinstein sat on Ford's letter about the alleged assault hasn't helped. Dianne Feinstein, D-California. "Professor Ford should have a full opportunity to tell her story before the Judiciary Committee, and Judge Kavanaugh should have a full opportunity to defend himself".
Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, told multiple media outlets on September 17 that her client would be willing to testify.
The official said the White House wants to avoid a public hearing on the allegations - a risky drama that could build sympathy for the accuser - but is willing to accept a confidential inquiry.
Ford initially brought the alleged incident to the attention of her congresswoman, Democrat Anna G. Eshoo, in July, and in a letter that was forwarded to Sen.
Feinstein and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY were among a number of Democrats who demanded a delay in the Senate Judiciary vote to hear from Ford, including all 10 Democrats on the committee.
Republicans' control of the Senate means they need no Democratic support to confirm Kavanaugh. Chuck Grassely of Iowa, wants Kavanaugh and Ford to be interviewed by phone by bipartisan staff. Thus far, they have refused.
Ford has said she was willing to testify. "Sen. Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do their jobs".
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Grassley said he will continue working on a way to hear from Ford "in an appropriate , precedented and respectful manner". "She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth , yes, ' Katz told NBC's 'Today Show" on Monday morning.
Baldwin says the allegations from Christine Blasey Ford are "deeply disturbing, serious and credible".
Two Republican senators known for bucking the president-Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee-have called for a delay in the confirmation vote so the committee can hear from Ford.
Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk", Ford alleges - corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County. "Many of us are survivors ourselves". In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect.
In Judge's telling, it took him years to realize the error of his high school ways.
During the ongoing confirmation hearing process, Kavanaugh told senators he considers Roe v. Wade settled law. I'd like everybody to be very happy. "If they wanted to be, I would certainly do that". That the Republicans should simply ditch Kavanaugh now and move on has been taken as a given in some circles.
In Minnesota, only 12 percent of poll respondents said they favored overturning the court ruling.
"Judge Kavanaugh is anxious to do this".
Kavanaugh had been a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week. Without Flake's "support, the committee can not advance the nomination", notes Politico. Even if Kavanaugh's accuser had been the subject of negative student reviews, some people wondered, how would that be relevant to her allegations, anyway? "If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".
Grassley said he was disappointed that Democrats - or Ford's attorney - had not come forward with the allegations sooner. I believe they think it's important.
One supporter of Kavanaugh pushed back on some reporting that the White House or Republicans would deploy any aggressive attack, calling it "infuriating".