She said Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk", she says - corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17. The delay makes it increasingly hard for Kavanaugh to win approval by October 1, when the new session of the Supreme Court begins. Quoting Justice Thomas from his nomination hearing, Mr. Feehery said this seems like another "high-tech lynching", this time "of a white Irish Catholic guy".
Ford said she will participate in any proceedings she is invited to participate in.
Republican Sen. Roy Blunt on Monday said the Senate Judiciary Committee should examine the claims before any further action is taken.
Kavanaugh, meanwhile, was seen arriving at the White House late Monday morning.
Kavanaugh, 53, has called Ford's allegation "completely false". Republicans risked alienating women, particularly in the nation's suburbs, by embracing President Trump's hand-picked nominee even after allegations surfaced of decades-old sexual misconduct.
Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh "was trying to attack me and remove my clothing" at a teenagers' party one summer in the early 1980s.
Trump stayed publicly silent on Kavanaugh over the weekend but told reporters Monday afternoon that "a little delay" may be needed on the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee vote. And in an unusually personal swipe, Schumer said McConnell was showing "unmitigated gall" to oppose delaying Kavanaugh's nomination after refusing for most of 2016 to consider President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the court after Antonin Scalia died. That process is "very thorough, I can assure you", she said. "Most importantly I want the American people to be happy, because they're getting somebody that is great".
"She should not be ignored or insulted". "This woman will be heard".
Republican Judiciary Committee aides planned to talk to Kavanaugh by telephone Monday evening about Ford's allegations and hoped for a phone interview with Ford on Tuesday, said a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss arrangements that weren't made public. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) in July sharing her concerns.
The president is facing questions about Kavanaugh amid scrutiny of a woman's claim that the judge sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both in high school.
Democrats called for the judiciary committee to hold off its Thursday vote, The Washington Post reported.
Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely viewed as the nation's second-most-powerful court.
"I join my fellow Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee to demand that any votes on this nomination be delayed until a nonpartisan evaluation is complete".
"What is puzzling to me", GOP Sen. Grassley did say he's looking to schedule follow-up calls with Ford and Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, saying in a statement on Monday to the New York Times that he had "never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone".
While some Republican senators, such as Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham and Arizona's Jeff Flake, are concerned with process, one source said that doesn't necessarily mean a long delay - and the concern is that a long delay is what Democrats are pushing for. But faced with a growing Me Too movement, they are also sensitive about appearances.
Conway added, however, that other parts of Kavanaugh's vetting had led her to think of him as a "man of character and integrity".
Cornyn, a member of GOP leadership and a senior member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee which oversees judicial nominations, praised how the committee's chairman, U.S. Sen.