While Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is embroiled in an allegation that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl while in high school, Republicans and Democrats are growing increasingly at odds with what kind of process should come next and putting the appeals judge's confirmation chances on thin ice. Susan Collins, a key Republican swing vote who has been at the center of the left's efforts to block the judge's nomination to the Supreme Court. Ford does not remember the date or location of the party on question, however, and says that she first spoke about it in couples' therapy with her husband in 2012. The person she places at the scene of the assault, Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge, has said twice that he has no clue where this claim is coming from, as has Kavanaugh himself. "I did not do this back in high school or at any given time".
Kavanaugh, who was at the White House on Monday, continues to vehemently deny Ford's account.
Fox News commentator Stephen Miller (no relation to the White House staffer) offered up some of the worst takes in the aftermath of Ford's revelations. "She should testify under oath, and she should do it on Capitol Hill", Conway said. "This woman will be heard". Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, both members of the Judiciary Committee, said they wanted to hear what Ford has to say before making a decision on confirming Kavanaugh. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone. Many of us are survivors ourselves".
"At this very moment, the issue is moving so fast that accurate predictions are hard to make", said Steven Law, who leads the super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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On Monday morning, Democrats stepped up calls for a delay in the committee vote. Ford told The Washington Post that she thought it happened in the summer of 1982, when she would have been 15 and the newspaper said Kavanaugh would have been 17. "If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who sits on the Judiciary Committee, joined Democrats in saying the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination may have to be postponed. Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously". "If Democrats reject the committee handling this swiftly and in a bipartisan way through regular order, then it's clear that their only intention is to smear Judge Kavanaugh and derail his nomination". But faced with a growing Me Too movement, they are also sensitive about appearances.
By comparison, the current committee has 11 Republicans, all men, and 10 Democrats, four of whom are women.
Earlier, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting.
The Democratic members of the committee are reportedly not planning on being in attendance to participate.
"This is not a politically motivated action", she said.
Banks said Ford struggled "mightily" with the decision to alert lawmakers to the alleged incident.
Alumnae of Ford at Holton-Arms School have come forward in support of her. These are elements it probably should have, especially if she is asking us to kill a Supreme Court nomination, at the last possible moment, based on an allegation that is nearly forty years old.