Maryland's USA senators on Monday called the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "credible" and "very serious" and said the Senate must take the time to allow them to be aired before voting.
Both Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify before the panel, setting up a blockbuster event that could decide Kavanaugh's fate.
"Judge Kavanaugh looks forward to a hearing where he can clear his name of this false allegation".
"He's already said what he's gonna say", Graham said in reference to Judge.
Ford, through her attorney, said she would be willing to appear before the committee.
"At the same time, we want to go through a process", Trump said.
Ford went public with her allegation in an article published by The Washington Post on Sunday. Kavanaugh has denied it. Democrats rejected the idea and have called for the FBI to investigate the allegation as part of a background check.
He adds he's "totally supporting" and "very supportive" of his nominee, calling him an "outstanding" person. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), have expressed doubts about Kavanaugh's nomination. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time", he added.More news: Hurricane Florence’s death toll rises as floodwaters overwhelm region
McCaskill's GOP opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, said in a statement late Monday that he was concerned that "Feinstein and the Democrats waited until the last hour to bring this 30-year old allegation to light".
"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", Kavanaugh said. In April 2017, she attended a March For Science in San Francisco, which was held to protest Trump administration cuts to research, and signed a letter in June 2018 condemning the Trump administration's policy, since abandoned, of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.
The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a public hearing on the allegations next Monday.
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said in a statement that Ford "deserves to be heard".
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he does not believe the Federal Bureau of Investigation should delve any further into the decades-old sexual assault allegation leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not want to be involved. "If she does want to be heard, she should do so promptly". He did not mention whether they had tried to contact Ford by phone. Grassley previously stated that he had reached out to his Democratic counterpart on the committee, U.S. Sen.
Until today, Trump had remained silent about the allegations against Kavanaugh. It is unclear with whom the Trump Supreme Court pick was meeting.
Collins said that in a telephone conversation with Kavanaugh on Friday, he was "absolutely emphatic" that the assault didn't occur, and she said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying. He has denied that there should even be hearings about the accusation and has baselessly said that Ford is not credible.
McConnell says Ford's allegation "stands at odds with every other piece of the overwhelmingly positive testimony we've received" about Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh is expected to answer the allegations directly in conversations with lawmakers.
In a July letter, Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, accused President Donald Trump's nominee to the court of physically and sexually assaulting her when they were both high school students in the 1980s.