McConnell Tells Conservatives To 'Keep The Faith' On Kavanaugh Confirmation

At one point, Ford said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from making any noises. Ford's lawyers and Democrats on the panel want the FBI to investigate the charges. "I think the president intervening might blow this up".

Although Kavanaugh has disputed her account of what happened and denied ever being at the party where the alleged attack took place, Ford is being supported by numerous politicians - including her local Congresswoman Anna Eschoo who said this morning that the 51-year-old "still bears the scars" from the attack.

Ford wants Kavanaugh to testify first and then she will tell her story to the committee, a committee staffer said. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong", she said.

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans on the panel, said that Grassley "will consult with his colleagues on the committee".

The congressional showdown taking shape between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault is a battle of optics as much as truth, and it comes at the height of campaign season.

"You've watched the fight. Facts don't matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.", Mr. Trump wrote.

A senior Senate Democratic aide noted that reopening Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks was fairly routine; 10 such probes into judicial nominees had been reopened in the last three months alone, the aide said.

Katz added in her communication to the committee Thursday: "Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested".

Trump has confirmed 26 circuit court judges during his presidency, which McConnell has shepherded through with the help of a simple majority without the chance for any filibusters.

The accusations from Christine Blasey Ford, denied vehemently by Kavanaugh, threaten to slow his Senate confirmation vote, with Democrats saying the FBI should investigate the charges, a demand that is not gaining traction among Republicans.

Miranda later removed the post, explaining, cryptically, that the post "served its goal", and that she "was not ready" for the media attention the post garnered - even though NBC News and other outlets reported Miranda's claims as a major break in the Kavanaugh story. All of the Republicans on the panel are men, and the committee is known to be concerned about the optics of having questions from the GOP side come only from men. Ford has listed a set of requirements for her to testify. "They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court come hell or high water". Although given a deadline of 10a.m. Friday to agree, her attorney said Thursday afternoon that she was willing to testify but not on Monday, and only if the process was "fair" and her "safety" was guaranteed.

Hirono also railed against Grassley's assertion that Republicans have done all they can do to contact Ford and have her appear before his committee, telling ABC's "World News Tonight" on Wednesday that "That's such bulls*** I can hardly stand it".

  • Jon Douglas