In the meantime, the Senate panel has also reached out to Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, whom Ford says was in the room during the alleged incident. "So it kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"
"Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay". Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) have demanded that the hearing be postponed until an FBI investigation can be completed, the Department of Justice has stated that the FBI does not have jurisdiction in this matter.
"The FBI should be given time to reopen its background check on Judge Kavanaugh to speak to any potential witnesses or any relevant individuals", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told his colleagues on the Senate floor Tuesday.
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Blasey Ford's lawyers have said an FBI investigation into her claims should be conducted before the committee holds a hearing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed confidence on Thursday that Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed.
"From my experience and knowledge of Christine when I attended middle school with her, I am 100 percent confident that what she is saying is accurate and truthful", Martin said.
Ford says that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to forcibly remove her clothes during a house party in Bethesda, Md., in the early 1980s.
Republicans, some of whom see the allegations as a stalling tactic by Democrats to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation, have been pushing to confirm him before November's midterm elections, when they could lose their 51-49 majority control of the Senate.
Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) wants each to testify under oath before the committee, and to answer questions from opposing counsel.
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Democrats have felt a lot more confident in recent days that Kavanaugh's nomination could be toast, but that newfound optimism might evaporate if Ford decides not to attend the hearing.
As the Judiciary Committee has recognized and done before, an FBI investigation of the incident should be the first step in addressing her allegations.
"Let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!" he tweeted.
Feinstein announced Thursday that she had received a letter in July referencing an allegation against Kavanaugh but she did not provide specifics.
Democrats have called for any vote to be delayed, pending an FBI investigation, testimony, further scrutiny, and debate. They say the White House counsel directed the FBI to investigate when Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment.
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