If Kavanaugh's nomination fizzles and President Donald Trump has to name a replacement, Hirono says he better find someone whom she considers less of a conservative ideologue, or else prepare for Senate Democrats-especially if they win a majority in November's elections-to keep the court seat vacant until after the 2020 election.
While King emphasized that she does not have first-hand knowledge of the alleged incident, lawmakers and analysts argued that her account bolsters calls for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to carry out a complete probe of Ford's accusations before Kavanaugh's confirmation process is allowed to proceed.
The risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high. Republicans said late Tuesday they were considering hiring outside attorneys, presumably including women, to question the witnesses. But that creates a no-win situation because then the president's opponents who are now attacking Kavanaugh could accuse the White House of political interference with a law enforcement investigation, directing an agency to act outside its jurisdiction.
"It would seem that the Federal Bureau of Investigation really doesn't do that", he said.
Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford. President Donald Trump: "It wouldn't bother me, other than the FBI, John said, that they really don't do that". "This is not a man that deserves this".
Addressing reporters at the White House Trump said he "really would want to see what" Christine Blasey Ford has to say during Senate testimony. The GOP goal is to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.
"He's not happy, he's upset", Kennedy said.
Trump did say, however, that it would be "very interesting" if Ford "shows up and makes a credible showing". Hill said Thomas frequently asked her out on dates and described his sexual interests to her.
They are also unlikely to agree on an alternative date and the hearing could still go ahead without Mrs Ford. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats.
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Professor Blasey Ford says Mr Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and tried taking off her clothes during the high school party. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh said in a statement.
But in a letter to the Judiciary panel, Judge said he did not remember the party or the claimed incident. And this totally disadvantages Dr. Ford. Ford says the investigation should happen before a Monday hearing at which she and Kavanaugh are invited to testify. "There are gaps in her memory", AP quoted Cornyn as saying. "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions".
Ford, whose identity was unknown until Sunday, had sent a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July. Women knew about it happening in the workplace, but it wasn't a big issue. "And it is not the woman's fault".
Five days after Thomas' confirmation hearings, Hill testified before Congress that Thomas had harassed her when he was her supervisor at the Civil Rights office of the Education Department. But he said pointedly, "Monday is her opportunity".
McConnell expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed. Now, Ford is protesting that a hearing scheduled for next week would be too soon.
The accusations have roiled a confirmation process that once seemed smooth for Kavanaugh, who if confirmed could consolidate the conservative grip on the top USA court. Patty Murray, D-Wash., assistant Senate minority leader, speaking about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up".
President Trump also defended Brett Kavanaugh, describing him as a "great gentleman".
"If she is accusing him of something so egregious, she needs to be heard", Ernst told Radio Iowa on Tuesday.
But, Collins repeatedly asserted, she believed the appropriate forum to hear about Blasey Ford's allegations would be in an open hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, or, if Blasey Ford preferred, in a closed hearing or bipartisan committee staffer interview.