They control the Judiciary panel by 11-10 and the full Senate 51-49. Chuck Grassely of Iowa, wants Kavanaugh and Ford to be interviewed by phone by bipartisan staff. But he said he has confidence that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley will handle the matter appropriately.
"This is a completely false allegation".
Collins, one of the key swing votes in the confirmation process, noted that Ford wrote her letter in July but the allegations only came out last week, after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings concluded.
Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, said the alleged incident with Kavanaugh "derailed" her for years and rendered her "unable to have healthy relationships with men".
While the President announced on Monday that he still stands behind Kavanaugh, Ford got a vote of support from someone who plays a former USA president on TV.
Grassley has not indicated whether he will do so. The Post said the notes referred to four boys involved, which Ford said was an error made by her therapist.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has arrived at the White House amid scrutiny of a woman's claim he sexually assaulted her at a party when they were in high school. It's unclear with whom he's meeting.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Ford said that Kavanaugh and a friend brought her to a bedroom while the two were drunk, and pinned her to a bed.
After her Fox News appearance on Monday, Conway told reporters at the White House that Kavanaugh has been vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six occasions. "She alleges that she had this traumatic event, and I feel like it is not the Brett Kavanaugh that we know". I am so proud of her that she finally chose to go public about her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that he sexually assaulted her. In both cases, the allegations became public only after the nominees went through their initial confirmation hearings. "In fact, she was quite reluctant to come forward".
"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway told Fox News. Grassley intends to press on as planned with Kavanaugh's confirmation vote later this week, but said that Ford's accusation "deserves to be heard" in an "appropriate" manner.
Last week, Feinstein said in a news release that she had information about Kavanaugh but was keeping it confidential at the request of the individual who provided the information.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault more than three decades ago, Christine Blasey Ford, will both testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 24. She says that a small group of students were drinking at a home in suburban Maryland, and that Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, were heavily intoxicated. "These are serious allegations, and these should be addressed", Ford's attorney, Debra Katz, said on the Today show.
Katz said that her client is willing to go through with testimony despite the violent and threatening reactions she has already received after she went public on Sunday.
Also Monday afternoon, Leahy announced that he and five other Democratic committee members had filed a lawsuit to compel the National Archives and the Central Intelligence Agency to release all records involving Kavanaugh during his time working in the White House.
Katz tells ABC's "Good Morning America" the accuser is "willing to cooperate" with investigators and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Eshoo praised Ford and said her constituent has "exhibited an enormous amount of courage to do this".
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who sits on the Judiciary Committee, joined Democrats in saying the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination may have to be postponed. Dianne Feinstein raised questions about Kavanaugh just days after his committee hearing concluded.
Trump Jr has always been the Trump child most in touch with the president's most ardent voters.
"I join my fellow Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee to demand that any votes on this nomination be delayed until a nonpartisan evaluation is complete".