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They said the Republican hard line showed they'd learned nothing from the 1991 hearings when Anita Hill's claims of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, then a Supreme Court nominee, were dismissed by the all-male Judiciary panel.

Ford has been asked by the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify Monday, but her lawyers told the committee that Ford would like to see her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her over three decades ago investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation before she testifies to the the committee.

Ford also told the Post that the assault ended when Judge jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh, knocking them off the bed and allowing her to flee to the bathroom. "Ford's claims, made this summer, were added to his file, but they did not investigate the claim".

Why is the Senate setting a deadline?

Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, told ABC News that senators should halt the Kavanaugh hearing to avoid a "sham" proceeding and the FBI should investigate Ford's allegations.

Grassley writes that his panel "cannot commandeer an Executive Branch agency" and ask them to do more work. Joe Biden, head of the Judiciary Committee, Hill first told the committee of the allegations on this day, as reported in the Times.

The FBI would do more background investigating - such as interviewing Ford and other witnesses - if the White House requested that, said a person familiar with the matter, although the end result probably would not end the controversy.

Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when both were high school students in suburban Maryland. Ford says the investigation should happen before a Monday hearing at which she and Kavanaugh are invited to testify.

Ms Collins and Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski are moderate Republicans who have voted with Democrats in the past, making them possible swing votes when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh. "And we want to get it over with", Mr Trump said.

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All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee urged FBI Director Chris Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn on Tuesday to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation and provide a complete report before the hearing.

He said Wednesday it would be "very interesting".

Ford named Mark Judge, a classmate of Kavanaugh's, as a witness to the incident at the high school party, but Judge told the Weekly Standard earlier this week he doesn't recall the episode.

Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh, have sought an FBI investigation, a request Republicans rebuffed. During Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation, the George H.W. Bush White House asked the FBI to investigate claims of sexual harassment made by Anita Hill.

President Donald Trump gave Kavanaugh a ringing new endorsement Tuesday, saying he felt "so badly" that Kavanaugh is facing scrutiny over allegations that he assaulted a teenage girl when both were in high school. She also alleges that Kavanaugh put her hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. Thomas denies the allegations.

Collins said Wednesday that Ford has a few ways she can detail her story to the committee by Monday, including in a public or private session that would be videotaped; or an interview conducted by congressional investigators. Hill questions whether the Senate hearing "is going to be anything more than just a sham proceeding". "The committee should hear her voice".

Lawyers for the woman who is accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than 30 years ago says she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies publicly.

"Dr. Ford's call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed", Schumer said in a statement. Other Republicans are suggesting that Ford will have only this one opportunity to testify.

The potential for backlash is likely why the volatile Trump, who customarily would lash out at Kavanaugh's accuser, was muted on Monday. The president too has rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of the appeals court judge.

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