Haunting every politician is the memory of the 1991 confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas, in which an all-male Senate panel hammered Anita Hill on her allegations of sexual harassment.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) told the Democrat & Chronicle on Monday she hoped there would be "some measure of review, maybe a hearing" on Ford's accusation, but by Wednesday, she told CNN Ford should not participate in a "sham hearing".
Ford told The Washington Post she told no one at the time what had happened to her, and was terrified of punishment from her parents if they realized she had been at a party where underage drinking was happening. It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision.
Reporters had assigned seating and were kept separated from the nominee, who was whisked to and from the room.
Donald Trump has been accused of "victim-shaming" the professor who accused his new Supreme Court pick of attempted rape. Trump, a confessed sexual abuser, tweeted that if Professor Christine Blasey Ford's alleged assault was "that bad", then she should have come forward when it allegedly occurred.
Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations. Ford says that a drunk, teenage Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, leaving her fearful that he "might inadvertently kill her", while Kavanaugh has said that the accusations are "completely false." It has also bloomed into a broader clash over whether women alleging abuse are taken seriously by men and how both political parties address such claims with the advent of the #MeToo movement - a theme that could echo in this November's elections for control of Congress.
"This last year and a half has been the best year and a half in my time in the Senate", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
Thirty three protesters were arrested outside of Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley's office in the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh". Ford now wants it to be shifted to later in the week, and has sought, through her attorney, a guarantee for her security.
On Thursday, Ford also dismissed a theory advanced by a prominent Kavanaugh friend and supporter that she was attacked by a Kavanaugh classmate. The Republican-led Judiciary Committee is using Judge as a ghost witness to influence public opinion against Dr Ford.
A person familiar with the call said Ford could not testify until next Thursday. Assessing them would be not just the committee's 21 senators -only four of whom are women, all Democrats - but also millions of viewing voters. "You don't want her to be right, because it's a disgusting situation". Mark Judge sent a letter to Grassley's committee saying he had "no memory" of the incident Dr. Ford disclosed. "I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible so that I can clear my name", he wrote. Ms. Blasey Ford's attorneys had suggested Thursday as a potential new date for the hearing.
Republican panel member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections".
"You pull something out after 35, 36 years", Consentino said at the summit, echoing President Trump's tweet Friday morning asking why Ford didn't report the incident to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other authorities at the time.
Ford told The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed on her back, groped her and put his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams at a house party in the early 1980s.
Miranda said staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee had reached out to her, something she was not expecting.
As the week has proceeded, Republicans have seemed to regain momentum toward approving Kavanaugh though his prospects have remained uncertain.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who hasn't declared support for Kavanaugh, called the remark "appalling".
Roberts had criticism for Democrats too, noting they are fooling no one with their histrionics. Vice President Mike Pence would break a tie.
Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer, relayed the response to top staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, seeking to negotiate the conditions under which Ford would be prepared to testify later next week.
Ford has been receiving death threats since she went public with her allegations and has had to move with her family to a secure location.
The attorney said her client would prefer to wait for the FBI to investigate the accusation before agreeing to testify.
Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation.
He wonders, out loud: "Why are we not getting journalists. after all these years, after all Brett Kavanaugh has faced Senate confirmation hearings in the past, [to ask] Why are hearing about this now?"