Faced with a backlash against accuser Christine Blasey Ford's refusal to testify next Monday, her lawyer suddenly shifted strategy - saying Ford's prepared to testify "next week," but only under "fair" terms.
The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh.
Neither the White House nor the committee majority's office immediately responded to CNBC's requests for comment. The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans.
"Why isn't Judge Kavanaugh asking for an FBI investigation if (he has) nothing to hide?"
On Thursday, 56 people were arrested while attending anti-Kavanaugh protests on Capitol Hill. These groups would rather see a man who has served the public for 30 years, with a stellar record of intelligence and integrity in his jurisprudence, have his life and career ruined before his guilt is proven, rather than conduct a fair investigation for these allegations.
Trump defended his nominee in the Fox interview and wondered why the FBI, which investigates federal crimes and performs background checks on presidential nominees, didn't get involved when Ford says she was assaulted. Is that the reaction of an innocent person?
Gillibrand said Senate Republicans' ultimatum of a Monday hearing was "bullying". "They don't want this investigation done". But Ford's accusation has upended his confirmation process.
Grassley has said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.
Senator Lindsey Graham said "it is imperative the Judiciary Committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken as soon as possible". Susan Collins office in Dirksen for "unlawful demonstration activities".
Both have called on Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify under oath.
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John Mongella, the commissioner of Mwanza, said 37 people were rescued but those efforts were suspended until daybreak Friday. And in 2011 almost 200 people were killed when the MV Spice Islander I sank off Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast near Zanzibar.
So here was Kavanaugh-who spent his early 30s as a Ken Starr warrior pursuing Bill Clinton for the political and legal implications of his most intimate moral failings-now in his early 50s facing a political crisis over disturbingly vivid, passionately contested, decades-old allegations about Kavanaugh's own possible moral failings.
Republicans have largely stood by Mr Kavanaugh's denials.
Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has been given a Friday deadline by the Republican-led Judiciary Committee to decide whether to testify at a high-stakes hearing it has scheduled for Monday.
She told the Post she remembered thinking, "I'm not ever telling anyone this". John Cornyn said to the network. "I think they don't care about its transparency, they just use it because it's effective". Dr Ford says there were four boys at the party but only Kavanaugh and Judge entered her room, and that the therapist made an error taking notes.
Professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party outside Washington when they were in high school.
Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court.
"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job", Sen.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, flanked by Sarah Burgess, left, an alumnae of the Holton Arms School, and Sen.
The allegations come in the shadow of the powerful #Metoo movement against sexual harassment and assault, and echo the 1991 hearings for conservative Clarence Thomas to join the Supreme Court, when his former assistant Anita Hill accused him of repeated sexual harassment. "You have to ask yourself, why?"