The California professor who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school is willing to testify to the Senate, her lawyer told "CBS This Morning" on Monday.
Sixty-five women who knew Mr Kavanaugh in high school have defended him in a letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect".
Kavanaugh had been a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week.
Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland, while Ford attended a nearby school. "That's why it's important that both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh be heard immediately and under oath".
Many Democrats argue Judge should be invited to testify before the committee. Nevertheless, some Republicans, including crucial swing vote Sen.
Feinstein had been in possession of the letter since July, but did not question Kavanaugh about its contents before or during his appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her story is very credible and I believe her. They haven't been seen since she went public with her bombshell allegations against Kavanaugh in The Washington Post.
He has also written repeatedly about his thoughts on sexual violence, which might make him an interesting character witness if Ford's accusations against Kavanaugh result in a prolonged public investigation. Neither Collins nor Murkowski faces re-election this fall. He also fails to acknowledge one of the major lessons of the #MeToo movement - that many men who seem to be upstanding citizens are also guilty of awful offenses.
There are more than two Republican senators who are not committing to voting yes.
A record number of women, majority Democrats, will be on the nation's ballots in the November 6 congressional elections. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham". She said that she has only spoken of the incident in conversations with therapists.
Both Fitzgerald and Kane said they had absolutely no memory of the party where Kavanaugh allegedly tried to assault Kane.
Hatch also said there's "some question" whether Ford is "mixed up" and confusing Kavanaugh with someone else.
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.
Kavanaugh and Ford have both been invited to testify before the committee next Monday.
McCaskill's GOP opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said in a statement late Monday that he was concerned that "Feinstein and the Democrats waited until the last hour to bring this 30-year old allegation to light".
Kavanaugh's defiance promised a major fight in the Republican-led Senate where his candidacy had appeared poised to sail through, giving Trump the opportunity to tilt the constitutional court to the right for years to come.