Ford has accused Kavanaugh, a conservative appeals court judge chosen by Trump for a lifetime job on the top USA court, of trying to attack her and remove her clothing while drunk in 1982 in a Maryland suburb outside Washington when they were students in different high schools.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told The Washington Post. She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
Asked for a response to Ford's detailed allegations, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah offered CNN the same denial Kavanaugh issued previously.
"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who received a letter sent by Ford on July 30. She said Sen. Lindsey Graham had told her it could happen as soon as Tuesday and the White House will "respect the process". Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, said they wanted to hear more from Ford.
"I support Mrs. Ford's decision to share her story and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation". Ford has expressed a willingness to speak before the committee, as has Kavanaugh.
Because Trump's fellow Republicans control a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, Democrats can not stop Kavanaugh's appointment unless some Republicans make a rare decision to break with their party and vote against Trump.
"Professor Christine Blasey Ford deserves to be heard and Judge Kavanaugh deserves a chance to clear his name", Manchin said.
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Despite Manafort's job leading the campaign, the White House sought to distance itself on Friday from him and his case. Manafort appeared at the hearing with three attorneys, including Kevin Downing, who said nothing during the hearing.
Kavanaugh forcefully denied the allegation and stated his willingness to cooperate with the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend himself.
The White House says "Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement". She says Ford, a Democrat, isn't politically motivated. This is very significant for a man of character and integrity to be spoken about so highly by women who maybe didn't vote for President Trump, who maybe don't call themselves Republicans, certainly, in fact, many who don't. And, like in 1991, Ford will face a Senate Judiciary Committee in which every GOP member is male.
The attorneys, Bob Schiff, Kristine Lucius, Jeff Berman, and Lisa Graves, claim in a piece for TIME that Kavanaugh was not telling the truth at his confirmation hearing, or at his previous confirmation hearings in 2004 and 2006, when it came to his role in the nominations of judges when he worked for the White House Counsel's office.
The Washington Post published Ford's accusations Sunday. Now, with 23 women in the Senate - including four on the judiciary committee - and the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, Kavanaugh's future as a Supreme Court justice is in uncharted territory. "Both have said they are willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and I hope they will be given the opportunity to do that as quickly as possible".
Democrats immediately called for a delay in a key committee vote set for this later week and a Republican on the closely divided panel said he was "not comfortable" voting on the nomination without first hearing from the accuser.
Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media, and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas.