Privately, Trump is being cautioned extensively to stay out of the fight over Kavanaugh, according to two White House advisers, and so far has tempered his language.
Through her lawyers, Ford said she wouldn't speak to the committee until the FBI investigates the alleged incident, which occurred while Ford and Kavanaugh were in high school.
Will Ford testify before the Senate?
Why did the Senate set a deadline?
Under pressure from a bipartisan group of senators, GOP leaders delayed a judiciary committee vote on the the nomination, originally scheduled for Thursday, in order to allow for a hearing on the assault allegations. Orrin Hatch's defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and shattered it Wednesday night.
"The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee". "So the goal of the FBI investigation would be as a service to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee". It investigated Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas.
The White House under President George W Bush ordered that inquiry.
He pointed out, as Rachel Maddow did on Tuesday night, that this is exactly what happened and the Federal Bureau of Investigation did in the case of Anita Hill.
Judge Thomas was narrowly confirmed and he remains a Supreme Court justice.
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"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said in a statement.
On Twitter, King added that she had removed her statement from Facebook because "it served its objective and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews".
"Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said. "This is a completely false allegation".
Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. She also said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she tried to shout for help.
What are Trump and other Republicans saying?
Captioning the video, Warren highlights the phrase, "What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep" and writes: "I can't imagine any parent accepting this view". If she shows, or makes arrangements to testify behind closed doors or to committee staffers, fine. Instead they engineered an ambush, after Kavanaugh's hearing had already concluded, to try to drive him into a ditch before the vote. Kavanaugh denies the allegations, which would be beyond the statute of limitations under Maryland law. "We've invited everybody", he said.
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She also says Kavanaugh's friend at the time, Mark Judge, cranked up music in the locked room so her cries of protest couldn't be heard.