"A hearing on Monday is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event". In a letter of his own, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley declined to postpone, arguing that it was the responsibility of the committee, not the FBI, to investigate the allegation, and that hearing her testimony was a crucial step in that process that should not be delayed. On the Senate Judiciary Committee zero Republicans are women.
The timetable brought cries of protest from Democrats, who have called on the FBI to investigate the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California, and to expand the number of witnesses who would be called beyond Ford and Kavanaugh.
Equally troubling is the White House's failure to direct the FBI to investigate Dr Ford's accusation.
On Thursday, 56 people were arrested while attending anti-Kavanaugh protests on Capitol Hill. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?" The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? Those conditions had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear, and it became unclear whether Republicans would even hold the hearing.
"I think it's a very sad situation", he said, asking, 'Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?.
Evangelical leaders said if Kavanaugh failed to win confirmation, that could drive up turnout among Republican voters in November, when the party is defending its House majority and a narrow edge in the Senate. Susan Collins, Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.
Neither is it traditional for any subpoenas to be issued for the nomination process.
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As the week has proceeded, Republicans have seemed to regain momentum toward approving Kavanaugh though his prospects have remained uncertain.
Next week could be a defining moment for more than just Mr Kavanaugh. For instance, they want Kavanaugh to testify first, and they don't want him in the room when she testifies. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the chamber, told CNN. "If she says, 'I can't do it this day, ' and they give her another day, 'I can't do it.' Look, move forward. We've all made clear this is her chance".
Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.
"We're going to plow through all of this and do our job". Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday.
Senator Dean Heller, a Nevada Republican, sounded bullish about the prospects of confirming the nominee, who would be expected to bring a more conservative tilt to America's highest court. "You have to ask yourself why".
Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify.
Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation
The Telegraph contacted the White House for comment on Ms Ford's claims , but had no response at the time of going to press. Judge stood across the room, she said, and both boys were laughing "maniacally".
The protesters on Thursday swarmed a range of Senate offices, including those of Sen.
"We're getting a lot of calls, many of which are angry and some of which are threatening", said Tom Mentzer, a spokesman for Sen.
But wait. If Mark Judge's letter to the Judiciary Committee is sufficient to make its Republican members accept the contents of the letter at face value, why don't they do the same for the letter Dr Ford sent to ranking Committee member Diane Feinstein? Kavanaugh's confirmation to the lifetime position would be the second of the Trump administration and solidify conservative control of the nation's top court.
"We already had a hearing", Cornyn said.
It is also not traditional for the accused to testify first and not have an opportunity for rebuttal.
Aides have noted that the President's measured response is partly because the allegation isn't against him.
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The Senate Judiciary committee has given Ford's attorneys a 10 p.m. deadline on Friday to respond to their offer to testify next Wednesday about the incident, according to a Republican source familiar with the discussions.