Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigates her allegation.
"I think it's not fair for Judge Kavanaugh for her not to come forward and testify", Republican Sen.
The FBI could interview Professor Blasey Ford, Mr Kavanaugh and others if Mr Trump asked it to reopen its background investigation, but the President has rejected that idea, saying the FBI has already done its work. "That's an option that the committee has given her". "She is not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday". Instead, they said an FBI investigation should be the first step.
Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford.
"Immediately after learning of Dr. Ford's identity from news reports Sunday, committee staff started working to gather facts related to her claims. We've invited everybody", he said.
While she's willing to testify, the letter read, she is concerned that senators "appear to have made up their minds that she is "mistaken" and 'mixed up'". "The invitation for Monday still stands". "I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh".
"It would seem that the Federal Bureau of Investigation really doesn't do that", he said. Ford told the Post that she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17 when the alleged attack took place. Senator Dick Durbin said he had "a lot of questions" for Kavanaugh.
For the first time, the president weighed in with his view of Ford's allegations that a drunken Kavanaugh, during a 1982 high school party, pinned her to a bed and groped her while suppressing her screams for help. "She had this meeting, (with Kavanaugh) why didn't she bring it up?" He denies the allegation.
"This is a completely false allegation".
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President Trump did not refer to Kavanaugh's accuser by name, just calling her "the woman". "What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?".
Correction: Collins is not a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as this post reported originally. The Times notes that Hill's account of what happened that September "differed markedly from the accounts offered" by the White House and Biden, "who said Ms. Hill's demand that her statements be kept confidential had impeded the committee". Her calculations changed after the news of her letter broke broke earlier this week, and ultimately, she said, she came forward out of concerns that reporters would soon identify her and a sense of public duty.
Democrats have pushed back on the hearing.
"Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision".
"It's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said.
"We should honour Dr Blasey Ford's wishes and delay this hearing", Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement to AP. "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date". They said her family had relocated. "We're better than this".
'I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter, ' added Judge, who wrote a book about his high school days describing heavy partying, drinking, and teenage sex.
But Democrats want a substantial delay to the process that could draw out past November's midterm elections when they have a chance of retaking a Senate majority. In their letter to Wray and McGahn, they ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview Kavanaugh, Ford and other relevant witnesses. "She deserves the respect of being addressed and treated as a whole person".