The committee has been scheduled to vote Thursday on the nomination with a vote by the full Senate soon after and, Republicans hope, Kavanaugh taking his place on the court for its new term on October 1. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term.
"He also has been lauded from women from every aspect of his life and this is significant. for a man of character and integrity to be spoken about so highly by women who maybe didn't vote for President Trump, maybe don't call themselves Republicans", Conway said, referring to a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh since high school.
The allegation against Kavanaugh first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that had been for some time in the possession of Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and one of its four female members. But President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow. Now, there may need to be a "little delay" on the confirmation. "If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled".
Why this matters: There are 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee and 10 Democrats, per Bloomberg reporter Laura Litvan.
Among the GOP defectors was Sen.
Flake has always been a member of the anti-Trump brigade among Congress members, according to Politico. On Sept. 17, Kavanaugh released a statement in which he called it a "completely false allegation" and that he had "never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".
"The group has also been promoting the hashtag "#IBelieveChristine" on it's Twitter account in an effort to boost pressure on GOP lawmakers.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is not on the committee but is a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, told CNN a delay may be necessary. She passed a polygraph test, the results of which The Post reviewed.
The current political environment, obviously, after the #MeToo movement, is very different from what Hill encountered in 1991.
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"This has not changed", said White House spokesman Kerri Kupec on Monday.
Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's plan was sufficient.
One of them, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, said staging the hearing without the FBI investigation would make it a "sham". Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who had received a copy of the letter detailing the alleged incident, said late last week she had turned it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Earlier, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer of NY said it would be "a deep insult to the women of America" if Grassley did not postpone Thursday's meeting.
There is no evidence, other than maybe her husband's vague recollection, that she ever told the therapist in 2012 that her attacker was Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee.
Ford said Monday that she would testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and "do whatever it takes to get her story forth". Quoting Justice Thomas from his nomination hearing, Mr. Feehery said this seems like another "high-tech lynching", this time "of a white Irish Catholic guy". Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her during a high school party in the 1980s.
"She should be heard", Conway said, adding that the process "should not unduly delay the vote on Judge Kavanaugh". Mark Judge, who was reported that day to have been Kavanaugh's friend in the room, denied the allegations in an interview with the conservative Weekly Standard.
Kavanaugh flatly denied the accusation and was, according to the White House, ready to testify "tomorrow" in his defense. The president himself has faced accusations of affairs and unwanted advances - not to mention his taped comments about groping women that emerged shortly before he was elected in 2016.