One of those Republicans, Arizona senator Jeff Flake, tweeted Tuesday night: "When Dr. Ford came forward, I said that her voice should be heard and asked the Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh". "She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth, yes".
Ford and Katz, her lawyer, didn't return calls seeking comment.
Anita Hill, whose allegation Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her prompted a similar hearing in 1991, told ABC on Wednesday that the Judiciary Committee could be holding "just a sham proceeding" next week without the FBI investigation Ford wants.
Indeed, the mounting right-wing fury at Ford is so great that at least one completely different professor who shares her name was targeted online after GOP trolls mistakenly went after her.
The president, who himself faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct that emerged during the 2016 presidential election, said he did not meet with Kavanaugh when the nominee visited the White House. At the time, Ford reportedly expected her story to remain confidential and her identity anonymous. I hope Republican Voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook, ' he wrote.
"She will talk with the committee", Banks said. It soon emerged that the attorney sent a letter to the Republican Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley, asking that the FBI investigate Ford's accusations against Kavanaugh to "ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner".
Ari Fleischer wants to know if we're being fair. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led". "Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice?" She added, "One of the things I know is what happens to women in this situation and how hard it is, and I hope people will let her be".
But Hill told ABC she supports Ford's demand for an FBI investigation before a hearing Senate Republicans have set for Monday.
Even before Ford's eleventh-hour letter Tuesday, Senate Republicans were chafing at what they characterized as political obstruction from the Democrats, who have been eager to delay votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation for as long as possible since long before the allegation became public.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, rarely have much in common. She detailed her memories of incident, saying that Kavanaugh pulled her into a bedroom along with another boy, then allegedly groped her, trying to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. "From what I've heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting slime", one message said. Similarly, she asks that Kavanaugh's counsel be allowed to question Ford. She said "fuck them" to critics of her sexual harassment questioning.
"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh.
But Chris Strohm of Bloomberg News, citing someone familiar with the matter, reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't said it didn't want to be involved in evaluating the Ford accusations.
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