Alex Conant, a former aide to Republican Senator Marco Rubio, said there remains risk to Donnelly and the other red-state senators if they oppose Kavanaugh on any grounds, given they have boasted of their ability to work with Trump.
Democrats who demanded an open hearing to air allegations of an attempted sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh objected Tuesday to the parameters, saying they want a full slate of witnesses to testify.
GOP senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker have publicly stated they have doubts about Kavanaugh, and conservatives have pointed out that both men despise President Trump and could be angling for an opportunity to derail the nominee and hurt Trump. "I think that's going to [tick] off an terrible lot of people, including women, who are more prone to vote in this day and age than men are".
Schumer said Democrats want more than two witnesses, including Mark Judge, who Ford has said was a Kavanaugh friend present during the alleged assault. And he called a question about whether Kavanaugh should withdraw "ridiculous".
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who's seen as a crucial swing vote on Kavanaugh, tweeted earlier yesterday, "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee".
Nevertheless, Democrats continue to call for the FBI to investigate in the hopes it will put an indefinite hold on the vote for Kavanaugh's nomination, which has already been postponed. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Monday.
Ms Ford detailed her allegation in a letter sent in July to Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat. Chuck Grassley, said he wants to set up phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but did not say he would postpone the vote.More news: Manchester City wait on Sterling after De Bruyne's deal in a day
Pressure on Senate Republicans to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation process intensified after Ford came forward on Sunday. Sen. Even if the allegations are true, she does not believe they should disqualify the nominee, "because I don't think that's the kind of life that he's led". Katz is a committed "Resistance" member opposed to the Trump administration, she told the University of Wisconsin Law School alumni magazine. All 11 Republicans on the committee are men.
"Today, the public expects better from our government than we got in 1991, when our representatives performed in ways that gave employers permission to mishandle workplace harassment complaints throughout the following decades, " Hill, a Yale-educated lawyer, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times.
"Now the whole nation's trying to figure out something that's not really evident", said Sen. They came forward in the wake of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that was released in October 2016 in which he is caught saying on a hot mic: "And when you're a star, they let you do it".
Leahy did not weigh in on the matter again until late Monday morning, when he joined all of his fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in ordering its chair, Sen.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.
"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", Kavanaugh continued.
The Washington Post reports that Ford has not spoken with Kavanaugh since the party and she told no one at the time about what had happened. But Kavanaugh appeared to be on track for confirmation before word leaked last Friday that Feinstein's office had handed over Ford's letter to authorities.