Senate Judiciary Committee staff continue to negotiate with Ford's attorneys but say two of her requests discussed in a conference call with committee staff from both parties on Thursday - to have Kavanaugh testify first and for the committee to subpoena other witnesses like Mark Judge - are "nonstarters", according to a senior Senate Republican source familiar with the discussions.
With his comment, Mr Trump went against advisers who had counselled him to stay out of the fray.
The president has indicated he wants Ford to testify, saying, "I really want to see her, to see what she has to say".
'I think Congress now need to make sure they get the facts and not hold these false hearings. You've watched the fight, you've watched the tactics, but here's what I want to tell you: "In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell said.
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"As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", Ford's lawyers said in a letter, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported.
Republicans, having already pushed the process back from this week to next week, signaled they would be open to another short delay by postponing Monday's hearing in favor of Wednesday.
Grassley had said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.
Ford and Senate Democrats had demanded the FBI first reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation to include her claims. We want to thank you for publicly sharing your story of sexual violence.
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Susan Collins (R., Maine) wants each to testify under oath before the committee, and to answer questions from opposing counsel. Democrats have called for any vote to be delayed, pending an FBI investigation, testimony, further scrutiny, and debate.
This time, the Republicans on the committee are also all men, and they will have to tread delicately in a situation that could end up an intractable he said-she said debate.
For Trump, approval of Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance a White House effort to tilt the American judiciary more to the right. That is according to a Senate aide who wasn't authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has been grappling with how to handle the accusation and is now engaged in negotiations with Ford's attorneys to set the terms under which she would be willing to testify in front of the committee by as early as next week.
Republicans have resisted all Democratic efforts to slow and perhaps block Kavanaugh's confirmation. "And because they may also be experiencing a hostile listener or interrogator as re-victimizing them, it makes it even more potent trigger".
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