The urgency is to investigate, not to rush to confirm a lifetime appointment.
Unlike Republicans, some Democrats were calling for the FBI to launch a full investigation into the matter before proceeding with additional witness testimony. The Justice Department seems to agree. Official: "FBI Will Not investigate Kavanaugh Unless the White House Demands It", said that he was told by a senior US official that the FBI will not investigate because what Ford is alleging is not a federal crime. And unlike past cases where prominent figures have been under fire for sexual misconduct allegations, like in the case of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, many Republicans are not jumping ship. "The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers".
During a television appearance Tuesday morning, Sen.
"The important thing is to get this investigated", Feinstein said. "The FBI is not doing any further investigation".
Democratic senators had urged Grassley to invite Judge to testify. She sent a letter to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, in July, which made its way to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said.
"This is a completely false allegation", he said in a statement.
"That's very puzzling to me", she said about the uncertainty of Ford's appearance.
She said she feared Kavanaugh might inadvertently kill her before she managed to flee. "She is now being given an opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions, and I really hope that she doesn't pass up that opportunity".
Mark Judge has no memory of the alleged sexual assault committed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, he said in a letter Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Were planning on a hearing Monday".
"Anybody who comes forward at this point to be prepared to testify in the US Senate against someone who's being nominated to one of the most powerful positions in the US government, that takes an extraordinary amount of courage", said Democrat Kamala Harris, a member of the panel weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.
But Democrats also said yesterday they were planning to attend the hearing even if Ford did not show up.
Feinstein said in a statement she supported Ford's proposal. Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.
Grassley told Hewitt that he has not heard from Blasey Ford yet, saying the committee has reached out to her.
Whatever the Federal Bureau of Investigation does, the prospect of criminal charges being filed against Kavanaugh appear very unlikely, legal experts say. I don't doubt that Ford is telling the truth as best she recalls it, but her recollection is fuzzy. After that, she suggested, senators would be allowed to pose questions.
Christine Blasey Ford claimed in a letter to Sen.
Republicans could avoid the uncomfortable questioning by hiring outside counsel to do it.
"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".
But Democrats backed Ford's call for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and hinted they may not attend the hearing if she does not testify.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him. As the scandal drags on, Donald Trump has once again voiced his support for the Supreme Court Justice nominee, noting Tuesday that he was "not a man who deserves this", and stressing that the allegations "should've been brought up long ago". And then obviously it's up to the Senate to decide who they believe and what they believe. The GOPs remain eager to push through Trump's nomination before November's mid-term elections when they could lose control of the Senate.