"We should look into the lawyers doing the representation". Other terms of the public hearing will be negotiated Sunday. But with the slender 51-49 GOP majority and the unpredictability of how Ford and Kavanaugh would come across to millions of American voters should she agree to testify, his approval remains in question. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, as have all other former classmates who were alleged to have been at the party who spoke to the New Yorker. "This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say".
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had requested that Ford respond to his invitation to testify before the Senate by Saturday afternoon.
He began his career as a clerk to Anthony Kennedy, the justice long considered a critical swing vote on the Supreme Court, and will succeed him on the bench if confirmed.
President Trump is standing by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after another round of allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior, this time from when Kavanaugh was a student at Yale.
Blasey's lawyer, Debra Katz, responded with a blistering email, accusing Grassley's aides of pressuring her client "to agree to conditions you find advantageous to the nominee", and of imposing "aggressive and artificial deadlines" whose "sole goal is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family".
"It's not surprising that Ms Keyser has no recollection of the evening as they did not discuss it", Katz said in a statement.
The official was not authorized to speak publicly about ongoing negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The article says the 53-year-old acknowledges gaps in her memory caused by alcohol that night, which is said to have made her hesitant to come forward when contacted. His classmate Deborah Ramirez told the magazine that as she was lying on the floor at a dormitory party after a drinking game, Kavanaugh exposed himself, thrust his genitals in her face, and that she pushed him away.
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Democrats called for the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's claims, a request that was unlikely to be met as President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have said it is unnecessary.
The accusations have wrong-footed Republican senators who had hoped to push through his confirmation as quickly as possible, and who have sought to portray the charges as a politically motivated ploy by the Democrats to smear the judge.
Two males allegedly involved in the incident disputed her account alongside several other classmates, adding the allegation against Mr Kavanaugh was "completely out of character". "This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote, in this Senate, in the near future".
The vice president says the way that some Democrats have conducted themselves during the confirmation process "is a disgrace and a disservice to the Senate and the American people". Pence says he believes Kavanaugh will soon join the high court.
Kavanaugh said in a statement, "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen".
Grassley set a new deadline for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
But the new allegations that were reported Sunday have prompted a key senator to call for "an immediate postponement" of any further proceedings by the committee, which is considering Kavanaugh's nomination. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, is shrugging off responsibility for the extension onto the Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer.