Democrats said they wanted more time for the FBI to investigate - and more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what would turn into merely a "he said, she said" moment.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh was seen arriving to the West Wing just past 10 a.m. ET on Monday, swiftly ducking into the building after stepping from a black SUV.
The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have rallied together to try to delay the confirmation vote for Kavanaugh and a few Republicans, including Sen.
The Republican Senate should continue with its calendar to confirm Kavanaugh before October 1, while giving Ford some way to be heard, and then Kavanaugh the right to refute.
"If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay", Mr. Trump said - though he added it "shouldn't be much delay". Flake said he told No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn of Texas on Sunday that "if we didn't give her a chance to be heard, then I would vote no". Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed and groped her through her clothes, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her clothes, the Post quoted Ford as saying.
Conspicuously missing from the public remarks of Republicans on Monday was a vociferous defense of Kavanaugh.
The White House on Friday released a statement from Kavanaugh in which the nominee said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".
Trump is praising Kavanaugh as one of the finest people he's known.
The President is annoyed because he feels his nominee's name is being run through the mud by Democrats wielding old allegations, White House officials said. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters after speaking with Kavanaugh Monday that Kavanaugh said he was not even at the party in question.
Which way Kavanaugh's nomination goes - to the high court or down in defeat - is all about the math of votes in the 100-member Senate.
Whether Kavanaugh becomes the newest Supreme Court justice will depend largely on his and Ford's performances in front of the Judiciary panel and a national television audience.
Hill said that, because they worked together at the time, she feared that if she spoke up or resisted, she might lose her job.
But Conway said there should not be a delay, noting that even without Ford's allegations, many Democratic senators were planning to vote against him.
Still, the risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high.
She also criticized her opponent, Smith, for not seeking a similar vetting of allegations against U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general. If she wanted to keep matters confidential, she should have sent that letter to President Trump and to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the judiciary committee.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told The Washington Post. She grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended Georgetown Visitation high school, which is the sister school to Georgetown Prep, the school Brett Kavanaugh attended. "It was something that she struggled with mightily". The article reports that reporters from other organizations figured out her identity, and were contacting her and her colleagues.
Thirdly, her lack of memory of time and place is consistent with the possibility that her memory was manipulated during the very therapy sessions where there is the only record of her telling the story thirty years after it happened.