"I am grateful to her for weighing these equities and choosing to speak out on one of the most consequential decisions in our country, an appointment to the highest Court in the land", she continued. The letter was circulated by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. It also pushes the #MeToo movement into the court fight, less than two months before congressional elections that have seen a surge of female Democratic candidates. The woman making the allegation attended a nearby school. He says this allegation is nuts.
-With files from the Associated Press.
Though Ford previously kept her identity confidential, she made a decision to speak out after the letter became public, which resulted in a public backlash, inaccuracies about her account and requests from journalists disrupting her privacy, the Post reported. The New Yorker did not name the woman.
Eshoo's staff declined to comment on the letter, saying they did not discuss constituent casework. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Judiciary Committee's Republican chairman.
In a statement released to USA media, Kavanaugh rejected the woman's claim, made in a letter to the Democrats vetting his nomination, that he tried to force himself on her during a party.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that he wants to hold a full Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh by Oct 1.
The show of support for Kavanaugh was organized by his former law clerks.
Collins and Murkowski have not said how they will vote.
"Every accuser deserves to be heard".
On Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, announced cryptically that she had forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation "information from an individual concerning the nomination". This seems like the republicans already knew about the assault claims, and whipped up a defense for when they became public. One activist group favoring abortion choice, NARAL, called on Kavanaugh to withdraw from consideration.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its hearings on Kavanaugh and planned to vote this week on his nomination. Another reporter called her colleagues to ask about her.
In the wake of the accusation, Schumer called for a postponement of the Senate confirmation vote for the "serious and credible allegation" to be "thoroughly investigated". But as the media pressed the matter further, even showing up at her place of employment, Ford said she knew the can of worms had been opened - and there was no way it would be closed ever again.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford said.
The FBI confirmed it had received the information "on the night of September 12". The agency said that is its standard process. She says that she was wearing a one-piece swimsuit and Kavanaugh was drunkenly trying to pull it off of her against her will. Katz said Jones' lawsuit would have been dismissed if Clinton weren't the President of the United States, and she also said Jones' claims were "very, very weak" and had a "complete lack of proof".
Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations, which were reported last week after Sen.
"The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to scrutinize SCOTUS nominees", Harris said.