Kavanaugh accuser said to be willing to testify before US Senate committee

She recalls him being extremely intoxicated and pinning her down on a bed, grinding against her, attempting to take off her clothes, and covering her mouth so she couldn't scream.

Heitkamp has said she would review Kavanaugh's record and watch his confirmation hearings before reaching a decision.

"We want to go through a full process. and hear everybody out", Trump said, adding that Kavanaugh was one of the finest people he had ever met.

While the Trump administration stood behind the president's nominee, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway also took pains to display concern for Kavanaugh's accuser.

Donald Trump Jr posted an image to his Instagram account mocking Democrats and seeming to suggest the recent emergence of sexual assault allegations against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were a partisan-minded sabotage tactic from the left.

But Senator Jeff Flake, a committee member, told The Washington Post and Politico in interviews on Sunday that he is "not comfortable" voting for Mr Kavanaugh until he learns more about the allegation.

Grassley said the standard procedure would be to conduct follow-up telephone calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, and that he meant to work with the senior Democrat on the committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, to schedule the calls but that Democrats have refused to cooperate.

Ms Feinstein on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate Ms Ford's story "before the Senate moves forward on this nominee". Of course an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check wouldn't produce an assault that was not reported at the time, and naming off the women Kavanaugh has not disrespected or assaulted throughout his career has nothing to do with what he allegedly did to Ford.

"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored", Conway told Fox News.

Two moderate Republican female senators who support abortion rights and are not on the Judiciary Committee, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have been under particular pressure not to back Kavanaugh, who is seen as a social conservative.

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In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) published a letter from 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school and vouched for his good character.

Debra Katz, attorney representing Ford, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss details of the allegations and why she thinks Republicans are trying to play hardball.

Katz denied that her client's letter was politically motivated.

"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday", Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday.

Democrats are now demanding a delay on the Kavanaugh vote in light of Ford's story.

She told the Post, "I thought he might inadvertently kill me". In the session, Ford described an attack during her high school years, although she did not name Kavanaugh explicitly.

Kavanaugh adamantly denies the allegation, as does the other man named by Ford, Mark Judge.

A spokesperson for the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, which has already spent heavily on pro-Kavanaugh ads, said in a statement Monday that "any allegation of this type should be taken seriously, however, we are not going to speculate on media reports". "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee", said California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who received a letter sent by Ford on July 30.

But the Republicans only have a single-vote majority on the committee, which they control 11 to 10, while they hold the Senate by just 51-49. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state.

Democrats have been bitterly opposed to Trump's choice of Kavanaugh for the nation's highest court.

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