According to Dr Ford, Mark Judge observed the assault and drunkenly jumped on top of Kavanaugh while he was assaulting her, giving Ford the opportunity to escape. Whelan named the other man, posted photos of him from high school and adulthood alongside pictures of Kavanaugh and posted floor plans of the classmate's childhood house to try to prove that may have been the house hosting the party the night of Ford's alleged assault. Ford's lawyers and committee staff were negotiating how she would testify. "Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C".
Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.
Gail Zika, 74, who is also a Nashville Democrat, said Ford appears to have a "legitimate claim".
Without directly referencing Trump Jr., Conway said Ford "should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored".
"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in an email.
"We are happy that Dr Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee", his spokesperson told USA media.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, declined an earlier request by Ford to have the FBI investigate her allegation against Kavanaugh.The FBI has included the allegation in Kavanaugh's background file, and is not opening any additional probe at this time, although the president could theoretically direct the FBI to undertake a further review. She says she can relate to women who say they've been mistreated by men and understands why it might take years to come forward with such allegations. Ford has demanded that the hearing be scheduled for Thursday, which the source said is still among the things under negotiation.
Ford and Kavanaugh have been invited to testify Monday before the Judiciary panel.
Trump's tweet marked a sharp break from the days after the accusation first surfaced, during which he refrained from attacking Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, and said she deserved to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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White House officials remain confident Kavanaugh will be confirmed.
"I will be there", he wrote Grassley in a letter.
"If the White House were to ask the FBI to reopen its file and go conduct the investigation, the FBI could do that", he said.
If Senate Republicans push through the nomination, those surveyed predict significant political repercussions.
"I think it's a very sad situation", he said, asking, "Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?"
A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections - when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control - plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to pop up.
Asked if he would ask the FBI to open a deeper investigation, Trump said he was content to "let the senators do it".
"Don't get rattled by all of this we're going to plow right through it and do our job", McConnell said.
The "Morning Joe" co-host said the California professor seemed to be anxious that Kavanaugh, a federal judge and Supreme Court nominee, may have preyed on other girls or women.