Christine Blasey Ford is accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party when they were teens.
"If Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh", Graham said in a statement. Democrats on the panel refused to take part, arguing that the FBI should investigate the allegations stemming from an incident Ford says happened at a party in the early 1980s when they were both students in high school. 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?
This time, the Republicans on the committee are also all men. Both women said that they had never seen Kavanaugh get out-of-control drunk.
Ford's accusation, which became public only on Friday and her identity known only on Sunday, now threatens to derail one of the most consequential appointments to the nine-seat high court in decades.
Stalling tactic or not, Senators Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) and Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) have both called for the vote to be postponed until the allegations are investigated fully.
"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", he said.
"The need for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to perform its due diligence has become even more important in light of Chairman Grassley's announcement that he plans to move forward with a hearing on this matter next Monday", the letter said.
"He's not happy, he's upset", Kennedy said.
"He said this did not happen and he's naturally very upset about it", Hatch said. "She should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill", Conway said. If they delay a little bit just to make sure everybody's happy-they want to be happy. Grassley said on radio's "Hugh Hewitt Show".
The woman, Christine Blasey Ford, told The Washington Post in her first interview that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party they attended in the early 1980s, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Flake said he told No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn of Texas on Sunday that "if we didn't give her a chance to be heard, then I would vote no". But from the beginning, he's been clear that there's little reason to believe a woman who brings charges against a well-respected conservative judge.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", the Post quoted Ford as saying. She did not tell any friend or family member of this traumatic event that has so adversely affected her life.
Kane and Fitzgerald say they knew Kavanaugh well, since the two schools were encouraged to socialize together. "Dianne Feinstein", because of the senator's rank on the Judiciary Committee. I lean towards Kavanaugh.
Republicans have criticized Democrats for waiting until the 11th hour to surface the letter.
"Women are watching", said Patty Murray, D-Wash., who came to the Senate in a 1992 election soon after the Hill episode. "At the same time, we want to go through a process, we want to make sure everything is ideal, everything is just right".
Earlier, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting.