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The FBI could interview Ford, Kavanaugh and others about the allegation if Trump asked the bureau to reopen its background investigation, but the president has rejected that idea, saying the FBI has already done its work. Despite that glimmer of hesitancy, which few other Republicans have shown publicly, the president stood firmly behind the 53-year-old Kavanaugh, who would fill the second high court vacancy of Trump's term. "She would have to waive her medical privacy, I think".

"Nobody should be subject to threats and intimidation, and Dr. Ford is no exception", Grassley said in a statement later Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton says the White House should request an FBI investigation of the sexual-assault accusation facing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and any refusal to do so by Republicans amounts to rushing to confirm him.

Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford. Her family has relocated, they said.

McCaskill's opponent in the midterm election, Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, said earlier Wednesday on a national conservative talk show that the allegations look to be "an ambush" by Democrats.

Grassley announced later that he would convene a hearing with both Ford and Kavanaugh, who has denied her allegations, on the coming Monday.

Erica Hunzinger is the editor of Harvest Public Media and an editor with KCUR. President Donald Trump has refused to do so regarding California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's charge against Kavanaugh.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) says she agrees that the FBI should investigate a sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Ford's allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination to the lifetime post on the Supreme Court, which previously was on track toward confirmation. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", Trump added, calling the situation "very unfair" to his nominee.

An FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations", the lawyers wrote in the Tuesday letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press. But she said Grassley's plan to call just Kavanaugh and Ford "is not a fair or good faith investigation" and said "multiple witnesses" - whom she didn't name - should appear.

The risks of a public hearing starring the all-male lineup of Republicans on the committee could be high.

The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans. "We'll have to make a decision". They also want more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what they said would turn into merely a "he-said-she-said" moment. John Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary panel from Louisiana.

Still, the California Democrat's original comment, tweeted by Fox reporters, was seized on by supporters of the Kavanaugh nomination.

"More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes", Judge said in a letter to the panel.

The former Democratic presidential nominee said on MSNBC on Tuesday the relevant precedent is the FBI's investigation of Anita Hill's sexual-harassment allegation against Clarence Thomas in 1991.

She said Kavanaugh, "stumbling drunk", threw her down on a bed, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she was wearing over it. Ford said when she tried to scream, he put his hand over her mouth.

Some on the left believe that Ford could become a new icon of the #MeToo campaign against the sexual harassment of women by powerful men. Patrick J. Smyth sent a letter to Grassley and top committee Democrat Dianne Feinstein, denying seeing any "improper conduct" by Kavanaugh, a classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the letter.