Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, on Tuesday said the FBI should investigate before further hearings into the claims. Ford's attorneys say her email was hacked, and she's been the target of "vicious harassment and even death threats", forcing her family to move out of their home.
Oddly, it remained unclear whether Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who set off the controversy over Trump's nominee, would appear at Monday's Judiciary Committee hearing.
One of those Republicans, Arizona senator Jeff Flake, tweeted Tuesday night: "When Dr. Ford came forward, I said that her voice should be heard and asked the Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh".
Sen. Diane Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, cosigned Ford's request for an investigation.
Instead, they want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to examine Christine Blasey Ford's allegations, which Kavanaugh denies, to determine whether they are credible enough to cast doubt on Kavanaugh's fitness for office. How and why Ford went from wanting to preserve her anonymity to being willing to publicly talk about the incident isn't a process that should be chalked up simply to politics.
GOP senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker have publicly stated they have doubts about Kavanaugh, and conservatives have pointed out that both men despise President Trump and could be angling for an opportunity to derail the nominee and hurt Trump.
If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake.
On today's Judiciary Committee, all 11 Republicans are men while four of the 10 Democrats are women.
"I wouldn't be surprised if the court at least wants to have a little breathing space after the conclusion of this confirmation process", Shanmugam said. "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination", he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, and Kevin de Leon, a Democrat in the California state Senate, rarely have much in common.
Other people at the party could testify about whether the party was similar to how Ford described it and whether Kavanaugh was there.
"As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard".
"Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events".
Ford's challenge also evoked the 1991 battle over the Republican nomination of Clarence Thomas, now the court's most conservative justice.
Ford's attorneys said in the letter that they wanted an FBI investigation of the incident before she testifies in front of the committee in Washington. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote alongside the clip she shared, while others users suggested the footage was relevant to the recent accusations.
Democrats have so far also refused to cooperate with the committee's Republican leadership.
"It kind of raises the question, do they want to come to the public hearing or not?"
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, reacts to a question from a reporter on the Senate subway, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, as she responds to questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Mr Kavanaugh issued a fresh denial of the claims in a statement released by the White House last Monday.
But the separate argument that the specific allegations themselves, involving high school students in a social setting, are too distant or trivial to have any bearing on Kavanaugh's nomination, continues to get heavy play.