"Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it. I remain committed to defending my integrity". It is important for Trump that Kavanaugh's nomination goes through without delay.
Other lawyers on Twitter pointed out the same. He also named and posted photos of the classmate he suggested could be responsible.
If I had to put a percentage on Kavanaugh's chances of confirmation prior to Thursday, I would say 90%.
"So anything outside of the scope would (presumably?) need a request from the White House", she added.
Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation.
"That it happened or not, I have no idea", Cristina King Miranda told NPR's Nina Totenberg.
In their letter, Ford's attorneys had further stated that Ford wished the FBI to investigate her claims before he came before the committee. The FBI has said it is not investigating, a decision backed by Republicans. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?"
Prof Ford earlier declined the Senate's offer to testify unless the FBI began investigating the judge. On the other hand, if don't believe them, you're condemning the person accused of guilt to prove his own innocence.
"And frankly, it follows on conduct by many Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who I think virtually embarrassed themselves during the public hearings that were on display just a few short days ago", Pence said.
Republicans have rejected the comparisons to the Hill proceedings.
"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate. These are the conditions she is asking for, according to the Senate aides.
Earlier on Thursday, committee Republicans chose to hire an outside counsel to lead their questioning of Ford, rather than the committee members themselves, according to a Republican Senate official familiar with the decision. They would argue that they'd offered Ford several options for describing her accusation, but that she'd snubbed them.
Forging ahead with a hearing next week without allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation an opportunity to conduct additional interviews and collect evidence would be yet another abuse of power by the Republican majority during the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
Female celebrities have taken the initiative in banding together to support Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Later on Wednesday, Grassley wrote to the senior Democrat on the committee, Dianne Feinstein, requesting she immediately provide an unredacted copy of the letter Ford sent her in July about the assault allegation, saying he must review it before Monday's hearing. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told reporters at a noontime press conference.
Late Thursday afternoon, graduates of the all girls Holton-Arms School delivered a letter of support for Ford signed by more than 1,000 alumnae to the congressional office of West Virginia Republican Sen.
US Capitol Police said 56 protesters were arrested in Senate office buildings during demonstrations against Kavanaugh on Thursday.
This time, the Republicans on the committee are also all men, and they will have to tread delicately in a situation that could end up an intractable he said/she said debate.