Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, have sent four sworn declarations to the Senate from people who say Ford told them of her allegations before Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court.
If Kavanaugh is approved by the panel on Friday, the full Senate could start debate on the nomination as early as Saturday, with a final vote occurring by the following Tuesday - if Republicans have 50 votes for the judge. Typically, senators do the questioning themselves.
The vote was initially scheduled for Monday the 24th, until Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) agreed to postpone it for the sake of hearing from Ford. After "six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney", she felt confident enough to go public, the report said. "Here's Mitch McConnell - an assistant, really". He said to "take a look at the lawyers" who "are the same lawyers who have been fighting for years" and anxious that no one will want to go before "this system" to be a judge or politician in the current environment.
Dr. Ford has said that at a party in the early 1980s, Mr. Kavanaugh and a friend dragged her into a room, where Mr. Kavanaugh groped her and tried to remove her clothes.
A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the accusation.
Trump said Ford's allegation was 36 years old "and nobody ever heard about it".
While a few Republicans have strongly challenged the credibility of Kavanaugh's accusers, Trump's words have been more biting. And she was totally inebriated and all messed up, and she doesn't know. Kirsten Gillibrand and other Democrats who have repeatedly called for an "FBI investigation" of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The accusation, along with one from a second accuser, have imperiled Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court as Republicans work to shore up his Senate confirmation ahead of the Nov 6 congressional vote.
Interested in Supreme Court?Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.
Comments by Murkowski on Tuesday after she met with McConnell could be an ominous sign for Kavanaugh. More than 90 percent of sexual assault survivors on United States college campuses do not report the incident.
For survivors and the people who care about them, the message is crushing and familiar: Your experience doesn't matter.
But on Monday her lawyers expressed her concerns over the format with an outside lawyer doing the questioning.
"He admits that he drank and did some things that he looks back on and says are embarrassing and make you cringe". "I was never at any such party", Kavanaugh said. Regarding alcohol, he said he never drank so much that he could not remember what happened the night before.
"I don't think there's any dispute that he drank when he was in high school and when he was in college but that's not the issue here", Wilkinson told CNN.
"This is America we're talking about". "This rush to judgment betrays any pretense of listening respectfully & honestly to a credible, courageous sexual assault survivor".