Napolitano said he has a different view.
"We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and Ranking Member Feinstein to discuss reasonable steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate while also taking care of her own health and security", the letter from Ford's lawyers said. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday". And after subsequently hearing the details and learning that his accuser was a woman some of them knew, do they stand by their declaration?
Ford revealed her identity on Sunday in a Washington Post interview. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, who recently said he wouldn't be comfortable voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh until Ms. Ford is heard, tweeted, " Republicans extended a hand (to Ford) in good faith.
Professor Blasey Ford says Mr Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and tried taking off her clothes during the high school party. Katz did not respond to Reuters requests for comment. "There's information here that appears to potentially be inconsistent with what the judge said earlier this morning".
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No matter the outcome, Democrats should be held responsible for circumventing the process that protects people like Ford, Hatch said.
Democrats have so far also refused to cooperate with the committee's Republican leadership. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said.
Without directly referencing Trump Jr., Conway said Ford "should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored". Former FBI special agent and current CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said that she was told background checks for "presidential appointees only go back 10 years or back to age 18".
The Missouri Democrat is facing Republican Josh Hawley, Missouri attorney general, in a competitive race in November, and has faced significant pressure for weeks regarding her vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation, especially due to the fact that she represents a state won by Donald Trump by almost 20 percentage points in 2016. During Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation, the George H.W. Bush White House asked the FBI to investigate claims of sexual harassment made by Anita Hill. "I'm totally confident. That would be completely out of character for him", said Paula Duke Ebel.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has called on both Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify - either publicly or in a closed-door session - next Monday.
Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced. While Thomas was confirmed, Hill's testimony has not been forgotten and has been raised as a #MeToo object lesson in how not to handle Kavanaugh's nomination.