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Interestingly enough, Joe Biden, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee when Hill testified who's been criticized for mishandling the hearing, also weighed in on the historical echoes of the Kavanaugh case.
The cause of McConnell's ire was the late-breaking allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist, that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, a charge that threatens to upend a confirmation which seemed assured just days ago.
Grassley also said that Ford has to submit any testimony and her biography to the committee by Friday morning if she plans to testify.
With fragile GOP majorities of just 11-10 on the Judiciary committee and 51-49 in the full Senate, Republican leaders had little room for defectors without risking a humiliating defeat of Trump's nominee to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.
"Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation (without specific references to time or location).is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process until after the midterm elections", Sen. By refusing to treat her allegations properly and by playing games to protect Kavanaugh's nomination, they're telling women across the country that they're not to be believed. But I can only say this: "he's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Mr Trump told reporters.
"If she shows up, that would be wonderful", he said of Monday's planned hearing.
On Sunday, The Washington Post published a story that detailed Ford's personal account of an incident that Ford said took place when she and Kavanaugh were both in high school.
Her lawyers said on Tuesday that Prof Ford is receiving death threats since alleging Judge Kavanaugh attempted to rape her. Grassley said on radio's "Hugh Hewitt Show". Earlier, she hinted that she was watching this unfold to determine whether Kavanaugh had been truthful with her, with a failure in that regard as "disqualifying".
Democrats are hoping to wrest control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans on 6 November, dealing a serious blow to the president's agenda. "Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay".
A woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a long-ago sexual assault wants the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved - but the request is not so simple. "The weight of the government should not be used to destroy the lives of witnesses who are called to testify", she said. Judge has said through his attorney he remembers no such incident.
Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault - and Kavanaugh's staunch denial - has ignited a tense, gender-infused war among the Senate's 100 members, 23 of whom are women. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Judge and Kavanaugh both attended Georgetown Preparatory School, a private all-boys Catholic school in North Bethesda, Maryland.
But Democrats, already staunchly opposed to President Trump's nominee, wrote their own letter to Mr Grassley objecting to the format of having Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford as the only witnesses. In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36 percent of USA adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6 percentage points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31 percent favored Kavanaugh's appointment.