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"With the battle over the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court being charged by sexual assault accusations and at the nearly one-year anniversary of the start of #MeToo, you'd think that America would be split by gender on this", said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos. Kavanaugh is a key piece of that puzzle for McConnell's legacy after he infamously blocked former President Barack Obama from filling a vacancy on the high court in 2016. "If she says, 'I can't do it this day, ' and they give her another day, 'I can't do it.' Look, move forward".

President Trump on Friday pointedly questioned the credibility of the woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, contending she would have reported the attack to law enforcement at the time if it were as bad as she has said. Politico reported that Ford asked to have Kavanaugh testify first, and does not want him in the room when she testifies.

The woman's attorneys called the date set by Republicans "arbitrary", according to multiple USA news reports. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

Judge's lawyer said in a letter to the committee on Tuesday that Judge did not recall the incident and did not wish to testify.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee permit a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears.

The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford's letter to Kavanaugh's file.

Republicans, meanwhile, want to confirm Kavanaugh. In a letter to the committee, Ford's lawyers said that she would be open to appearing before the panel, but that an appearance Monday "was not possible".

This is a developing story.

Ms Ford's demand has been fully backed by Democrats. "We've all made clear this is her chance". "We want people who are constitutional and will govern in good faith ..." Numerous women, regardless of their politics, expressed personal empathy for Ford as she steps into a national firestorm.

Brooke DiStefano, 40, is a Democrat, and even she was somewhat dismissive of the allegations.

"No one should make light of this situation", wrote Flake, who is retiring from the Senate at the end of his term.

"I think it's a very sad situation", he said, asking, 'Why didn't somebody call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?.

The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to win control of Congress from the Republicans. The Republican-controlled panel set a hearing for Monday.

It could also threaten Mr Kavanaugh's support with several Republicans - including Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona - who have not declared their stances on his nomination. Continetti said. "The time frame goes beyond the election, an election in which it's very possible the Democrats win both the House and the Senate". "That will be determined in seven weeks". She says she needs time to secure her home and family.

"It's very unfair, I think, to - as you know, Justice Kavanaugh has been treated very, very tough, and his family", the president said.

He wonders, out loud: "Why are we not getting journalists. after all these years, after all Brett Kavanaugh has faced Senate confirmation hearings in the past, [to ask] Why are hearing about this now?" Again, says Irvine, that's not the job of a newspaper or any other media outlet.

"Thirty-six years, in high school", she said.

Despite the furor over Kavanaugh's nomination, McConnell boasted confidence, telling the audience: "Keep the faith".

"We're not going to get rattled by all of this and I don't want you to get rattled by it", he said.

"So we'll let it play out, and I think everything is going to be just fine". Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speak at a news conference in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual attack, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.