"There's a difference between making a mistake and having it be your character", says Cleta Mitchell, a Republican election attorney based in Washington, D.C., and a supporter of Kavanaugh.
Hatch, the Senate president pro tempore and third in the presidential line of succession behind Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan, told CNN that Kavanaugh was "upset" about the allegation and described him as "a very strong, decent man".
In July, Ford reached out to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, and Sen.
Ford said she will participate in any proceedings she is invited to participate in.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, tweeted that "Professor Ford and Judge Kavanaugh should both testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee".
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) isn't necessarily concerned by Christine Ford's allegations that Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when they were in high school.
Hatch told reporters that he spoke by phone with Kavanaugh, who denied attending a 1982 party where Christine Blasey Ford says he drunkenly pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothing. During all that time, "they did not raise it", he said in a Senate floor speech.
Kavanaugh released a new statement calling the allegation "completely false".
In the interview, Ford says she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy.
Kavanaugh had issued a similar statement on Friday, before the identity of his accuser was made public. But President Donald Trump telegraphed earlier Monday that that schedule might slow.
Mr. Trump called Kavanaugh "one of the finest people" anyone has ever known in response to reporters' question about him. "Never had even a little blemish on his record".
A source close to the confirmation process told Fox News that Kavanaugh was scheduled to discuss the allegations with Judiciary Commitee staffers at 5:30 p.m. Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify. "This woman will be heard".
Ford said Monday that she would testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and "do whatever it takes to get her story forth". "I don't think she did it for political reasons". Perhaps because he knows he has GOP support sewn up and maybe enough votes already for his nomination to win; he already had many friends write the Senators saying what a good boy he was.
"To provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing".
"I agree with Sen". "There's a lot of information we don't know and the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have the time it needs to investigate this new material". He said "standard procedure" calls for starting with follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford but that the office of Sen. "With the one-vote margin on the committee, Jeff Flake has the power to stop Kavanaugh, and to humiliate Trump". Murkowski said Ford's story "must be taken seriously".
The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser have offered to do, had far-reaching implications for American politics and society's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment in the workplace. But faced with a growing #MeToo movement, they are also sensitive about appearances.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a potential contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has been criticized for his handling of Hill's allegations. She said President George H.W. Bush had asked the FBI to investigate Anita Hill's allegations against Thomas. Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs.
Now, both Republicans and Democrats are searching for a fair way for her to make her allegations and for Judge Kavanaugh to respond. Now that things were already circulating, she chose to come forward. "It was something that she struggled with mightily".