Donald Trump has said it would be "very hard" to imagine anything happened between his supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault decades ago. For example, on Hugh Hewitt's radio show earlier this week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley was asked whether he is considering bringing in someone like ex-GOP Sen.
"There must be an agreement on witnesses and the FBI should be given time to reopen its background check investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, to speak to any potential witnesses or other relevant individuals, and update its analysis", Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech Tuesday.
Blasey Ford is also opposed to being in the same room as Kavanaugh, and does not want outside counsel for the questioning portion, although The New York Times reported Thursday that Republican members of the committee had already made a decision to hire one to avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning Blasey Ford. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have demanded that the hearing be postponed until an FBI investigation can be completed, the Department of Justice has stated that the FBI does not have jurisdiction in this matter.
Speaking to the Values Voter Summit, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicts Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court "in the very near future"; reaction from attorney and journalist Tim O'Brien.
Additionally, Democratic senators are calling for more witnesses and more time for the FBI to investigate the allegations.
Hirono assailed the White House and Senate Republicans for their response to the allegations and said Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is being victimized by the process.
"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said on Monday.
Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegation. "She's not prepared to talk with them at a hearing on Monday", Banks said on CNN on Tuesday night. "Not only does it disadvantage her, it victimizes her", Hirono said. "That the committee plans to hold a hearing this coming Monday is discouraging". However, Flake said Tuesday that if Ford fails to appear at the hearing scheduled for Monday, he would support his party's push to move forward on a vote on Kavanaugh.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called Ford's silence "pretty telling", but added they hope she does testify.
Ford also told the Post that the assault ended when Judge jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh, knocking them off the bed and allowing her to flee to the bathroom.
In light of these allegations, the senate's vote on Kavanaugh has been delayed.
Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations, claiming that he was never at the party and that he was willing to testify. They have kept in loose contact, she said.