Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, the U.S., September 6, 2018.
In the Senate, the issue of whether, when and if Ford might testify has ignited a furor, especially among Democratic women.
"A sham hearing would send a very clear message that women are not valued in this country", said Sen. Republicans have charged Democrats with attempting to stymie the confirmation until after the November midterm elections, and with weaponizing Ford's allegation to achieve that political end.
He said: "I think he's a man of great intellect, as I've been telling you, and he had this unblemished record".
Her lawyer said that before her client goes to Congress, she wants an FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh. Democrats are asking for an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry before the matter goes to a US Senate Judiciary Committee while Republicans are backing Kavanaugh, raising questions over the timing of such accusations. "And we want to get it over with", Mr Trump said.
The tweets caught fire across social media as Republicans press ahead for Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.
Speaking of partisan, reading between the lines of Ford's refusal to testify without an independent investigation is that she doesn't think the Senate will fairly assess her claim right now. Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?"
The accusation has threatened to complicate Kavanaugh's nomination, which must be approved first by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full chamber, which is narrowly controlled by Republicans.
Finally, refer to Christine Blasey Ford by her name.
Kavanaugh accuser wants an investigation into sexual assault claim before testifying
Ford says she managed to escape when Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge , jumped onto the bed, sending all three of them tumbling. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire come in to do the questioning since there are no Republican women on the Judiciary Comittee.
She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
Harris asserted that agents in the FBI "are really well equipped to do this kind of investigation, but they're not being given the authority to do it" by the Justice Department or the Trump White House. The GOP goal is to have Kavanaugh confirmed by October 1, the start of the next Supreme Court term.
However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford's presence was not confirmed.
On Wednesday, Senator Jeff Flake - who had previously said he would not decide his vote until hearing both testimonies - also called on Prof Ford to accept the Senate's invitation.
Earlier on Wednesday, CNN reported that a former classmate of Kavanaugh denied attending a high school party where the nominee is accused of assaulting Ford.
"We're the people who look at the data and say: 'That's not what the data is saying, '" she said. "Why did they wait until everything was finished and then bring it up?"
"I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man", the president said of Kavanaugh.
What are Trump and other Republicans saying?
Democrats complain that Ford was not consulted before the hearing was announced. "Monday is her opportunity", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. Democrats are now favoured to take the House while becoming increasingly confident of adding the two Senate seats that would give them control of that chamber. "In my view, this law is violated when Senate Republicans say that it's ok to leave a vacancy unfilled for over a year".