Meanwhile, Kavanaugh was at the White House for a second straight day, but again did not meet with President Donald Trump.
Jim Gensheimer, a friend of Ford's, told the San Jose Mercury News that Ford has been "trying to forget about this all of her life, basically" and that she has told him that she is afraid to sleep in bedrooms that do not have a second way out. "This is not a man that deserves this". He will state his case before representatives of the United States Senate.
"That's not what they do", Trump said.
The hearing represents a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge's confirmation chances for the lifetime post on the top USA court, as Trump seeks to continue his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right. Ford is a professor, so some of Kavanaugh's online defenders made a decision to dig up student reviews of her classes.
Mark Judge also denies the accusation that he witnessed the assault.
Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections within the party could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins comments on allegations against Kavanaugh.
The alleged incident happened more than 30 years ago, but Banks says Ford's recollection of the event is "crystal clear". "She doesn't know how she got there, when it was and so that would logically be something where she would get questions".
Cornyn's fellow Republicans have generally avoided criticising Ford, instead castigating Democrats for not revealing her allegations earlier. "That the Senate Judiciary Committee still lacks a protocol for vetting sexual harassment and assault claims that surface during a confirmation hearing suggests that the committee has learned little from the Thomas hearing, much less the more recent #MeToo movement". Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, of concealing details of Ford's accusation for several months after it was sent to her office in July.
"We have reached out to her in the last 36 hours, three or four times by email, and we've not heard from them". They want additional witnesses beyond Kavanaugh and Ford to be added to the Monday hearing. Grassley said on radio's "Hugh Hewitt Show". Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. "And I would surely hope she'd come Monday".
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Republicans reversed course and agreed to the hearing in the face of growing demands by GOP senators to hear directly from the 53-year-old Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, now a psychology professor in California.
Democrats who do not sit on the Judiciary Committee were also joining their colleagues' calls for the FBI to investigate before proceeding to a committee hearing. The president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation against him. They have asked that the FBI conduct an investigation, a request that Republicans have rebuffed.
McConnell says Ford's allegation "stands at odds with every other piece of the overwhelmingly positive testimony we've received" about Kavanaugh.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have urged for hearings to be delayed in light of these allegations, and questioned why Committee Chair Chuck Grassley had chosen Kavanaugh and Ford as the only two witnesses to testify.
"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident".
Ford says Kavanaugh forced her into a room and tried undressing her during a party when both were in high school.
"I think we've had those kinds of vacancies before, and we certainly had over a one-year vacancy with Merrick Garland", she said.
Judge is the author of a 1997 memoir titled "Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk", which recounts his experiences as a teenage alcoholic.
Saphier said the Democrats are using the allegations as a political tool do kill another Republican nomination, but are ignoring their own past.More news: Delta II Launch from Vandenberg