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It looks increasingly likely as though the September 20 scheduled vote will be delayed in order to give Ford an opportunity to testify before the Judiciary Committee, and allow Kavanaugh to come back before the committee to respond to the accusations. The delay makes it increasingly hard for Kavanaugh to win approval by October 1, when the new session of the Supreme Court begins.

"I'm glad that chairman Grassley is following standard practice and regular order", McConnell said, referring to the chairman's plan to conduct "by the book with bipartisan interviews" of Kavanaugh and his accuser.

"This is a completely false allegation", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday morning.

The Democratic members of the committee are reportedly not planning on being in attendance to participate.

In a letter sent later, all 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee urged Grassley to postpone Thursday's scheduled vote.

"If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay". If that timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before the November 6 elections.

Flake has always been a member of the anti-Trump brigade among Congress members, according to Politico.

Conway said conversations with President Donald Trump and other lawmakers had given her confidence the committee would determine "how and through which forum" Ford would be able to testify.

There was enormous pressure on GOP Sens. She said she got away when a companion of Kavanaugh jumped on him.

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Ford took a polygraph test in early August, then chose to remain anonymous, despite the results affirming her honesty. Republicans criticized her decision to withhold the allegations during Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings.

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"If there is real substance to this, it demands a response", Murkowski said. Neither senator faces re-election this fall. Quoting Justice Thomas from his nomination hearing, Mr. Feehery said this seems like another "high-tech lynching", this time "of a white Irish Catholic guy".

Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's plan was sufficient.

After initially guarding her anonymity, Ford "decided to take control of this and tell this in her own voice" after the allegations were leaked, Katz said.

Ford made a decision to go public after reporters began contacting her last week. Democrats, who seized on the development as justification to delay the high-stakes nomination, could energize complacent Republican voters if they're viewed as playing politics with the sensitive allegation.

While now totally unverified and, to those unacquainted with the work of world-renown memory expert Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, seemingly far-fetched, this theory about therapy's possible role in memory manipulation is actually quite plausible. Ford came forward in a September 16 interview with the Washington Post.

"Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States", Schumer said. Now, he holds political leverage that could thwart Trump's push for Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, one of the key swing votes on the nomination, said she wanted both Kavanaugh and Ford to testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee. "Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement". The president praised Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known, and he called a question about whether Kavanaugh should withdraw "ridiculous".

Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party in the early 1980s, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

The alleged incident happened the summer before Ford's junior year at a small party, Ford's lawyer, Lisa Banks, said in an interview with Morning Edition's Rachel Martin. Perhaps because he knows he has GOP support sewn up and maybe enough votes already for his nomination to win; he already had many friends write the Senators saying what a good boy he was.

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