Two of Brett Kavanaugh's previous girlfriends defend his character

Senate Judiciary to probe Kavanaugh accusation in public hearing

"I think that in the environment that we're in and the MeToo movement, he's going to have to address his role in the Clarence Thomas hearings more directly, and if he wasn't prepared to do that before, certainly what's going on with Judge Kavanaugh, I think, guarantees it", Solis Doyle said.

Kavanaugh, who has denied the incident ever occurred, had said in a statement released through the White House Monday that he was willing to testify as soon as possible.

Deborah Katz, who represents Ford, said her client considered Kavanaugh's actions "attempted rape". Like Ford, Ms. Hill went public at the last minute.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, President Trump said, "if it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay".

"What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge", Collins told The New York Times. Republicans on the committee agreed to hold the high-stakes hearing after some of its own members, mostly Democrats, decried the process moving forward without first giving Ford a public forum to share her story. Hatch also said of Ford that "there's some question whether she's mixed up" in her account of the alleged incident.

They said the sexual harassment accusation don't match up with his character.

Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the charges, saying in a statement: "This is a completely false allegation". But the president says Kavanaugh's nomination is "on track". "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".

The accused told the Washington Post that Mr 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.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told The Washington Post.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP will review the sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh "by the book" with bipartisan interviews on the Judiciary Committee.

Committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley said "anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner ..." "Unless something else gets dislodged from historical memory" or other women come forward with accusations, "odds are that he will be confirmed".

She's under fire for having received a letter from Ms. Ford in July detailing the allegation, yet having sat on it until last week when, under pressure from fellow Democrats, she finally forwarded it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and publicly acknowledged it.

If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake.

In the interview, Ford said she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband, Russell Ford, sought couples therapy. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously".

The senator added, "My concern is, and she knows this, she is putting herself out there, knowing they're going to try to excoriate her and she's doing it because she knows this is an important matter, it's a serious matter who serves on that court and she has the courage to come froward, she has nothing to gain".

Yet a few Republicans have suggested there may have to be a delay, at least in the Judiciary vote on the nominee - which was scheduled for this Thursday - in order to hear from Ford.

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