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The judge was seen arriving at the White House on Monday morning but there was no immediate explanation of the reason for his visit. There was no immediate explanation of the reason for his visit.

If either President Trump or Kavanaugh himself were to withdraw his nomination, it is unlikely that a new nominee would be confirmed prior to this November's midterm elections.

The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser have offered to do, had far-reaching implications for American politics and society's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment in the workplace.

While she initially sought to keep her allegation confidential, Ford said she opted to go public once the allegation emerged in the public eye and reporters began pursuing her.

Katz told NBC's "Today" show she "clearly considers this an attempted rape".

The senator added that she spoke with Kavanaugh about the allegations last week and reiterated that he denies them. "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement on Monday.

At the White House, Trump said he's open to a delay in order to keep the process going and eventually confirm Kavanaugh. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said Ford needs to be heard but argued that it would be "too fast" for her to appear on Capitol Hill this week. She should not be ignored. Democrats on the panel refused to take part, arguing that the FBI should investigate the allegations stemming from an incident Ford says happened at a party in the early 1980s when they were both students in high school. "It shouldn't certainly be very much", Trump said.

It is not what one might have expected from a president who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women and who blew off candid remarks about groping women as "locker room talk".

The Republican majority, however, has raised questions about the timing of Ford's claims.

Katz told U.S. media her client had been ambivalent about the pressure that would come with speaking out publicly.

Senate Judiciary ranking member Dianne Feinstein has known about the allegation for weeks and chose to keep it secret, including in her private meeting with Kavanaugh, McConnell said.

The committee has been scheduled to vote Thursday on the nomination with a vote by the full Senate soon after and, Republicans hope, Kavanaugh taking his place on the court for its new term on October 1. "That's what the Federal Bureau of Investigation does, and that's why they're in charge of the background review process". The three senators are considered potential "yes" votes. Three Republicans - including Arizona Sen.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who is not on the committee but is a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, told CNN a delay may be necessary. How could a statement and 65 signatures come together so fast after outlines of the allegation first surfaced publicly? Chuck Grassely of Iowa, wants Kavanaugh and Ford to be interviewed by phone by bipartisan staff. Leah Vukmir, supported Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, early Monday afternoon, Kavanaugh continued to deny Ford's allegations, according to an official familiar with the call. Ford came forward in a September 16 interview with the Washington Post.

"He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing". But she questions whether the incident occurred as Ford described it, noting that Ford said she couldn't recall certain details about the date, place and other aspects.

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic Sen. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators.

Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.

Republicans had also displayed no willingness to delay a Judiciary panel vote that Grassley had planned for this Thursday to advance the nomination.