President Donald Trump arrives at a Congressional Medal of Honor Society Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, Sept. 12, 2018.
"I feel so badly for him that he is going through this, to be honest with you", Trump said during a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda. "I think he's very much on track".
Ford, now 51, said she was able to escape after Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, tried to jump on them. When asked if Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw, Trump replied that was a "ridiculous question".
Katz said her clilent is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee before its vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, which is scheduled for Thursday. In fact, it has occurred only four times in the 20th century and seven times in the 19th, though some nominations - George W. Bush's 2005 selection of Harriet Miers, withdrawn 24 days later, following a storm of criticism from the Republican base - have died before votes in the Senate, the legislative body that alone has the power to approve presidential nominees for the judicial branch through a simple majority.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, his accuser, to testify before the committee on Monday.
Ms. Ford has accused Judge Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her at a party when the two were in high school roughly 35 years ago. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. Chuck Grassley, said he wants to set up phone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but did not say he would postpone the vote.
And while Republican say they are reaching out to others about the alleged incident, Grassley said that he's only planning on testimony Ford and Kavanaugh. "I just want to say to the men of this country: just shut up and step up".
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the committee, said he would welcome hearing from Ford. All 11 Republicans on the committee are men. To ensure this crucial protest doesn't get overlooked in a busy news cycle, follow the hashtags #FamiliesBelongTogether and #EndFamilyDetention and tweet, post on Facebook, or tell friends about Trump's horrific plan and the courageous activists fighting against it.
"As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard", Grassley said in a statement. She said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying. "She should not be ignored", presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters in the White House driveway on Monday.
"In view of the enormity and seriousness of these allegations, a staff-only phone call behind closed doors is unacceptable and Democratic staff will not participate", Feinstein said in a statement on Monday. "Now, just one week after Christine Blasey Ford shared her story, Republicans want to repeat past mistakes", Feinstein charged, "rushing the process to hold a hearing".
Sen. Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat, said Judge is needed "specifically and personally as an eyewitness to the occurrence".
A group of women who attended Holton-Arms have begun to circulate a letter of support for Ford.
Leahy dismissed Republican complaints that the information was coming to light near the end of the confirmation process, arguing that they had rushed the process and failed to turn over records of Kavanaugh's government service.
Kavanaugh has denied her accusations.
"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", he added in his statement released by the White House.