Two moderate Republican female senators who support abortion rights and are not on the Judiciary Committee, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have been under particular pressure not to back Kavanaugh, who is seen as a social conservative and if confirmed, is considered likely to tilt the top United States court even further to the right.
Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in California, told the Washington Post that in July she sent a letter to Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo about the incident but requested confidentiality at the time.
The accusation threatens to complicate his nomination, which must be approved first by the Senate Judiciary Committee and then by the full chamber, which is narrowly controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.
He urged committee members to hear Christine Blasey Ford's side of the story first before holding a vote, despite not being one himself. "Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a almost two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn't share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions".
CNN was not provided a copy of the letter sent to Feinstein, but a source who had the letter read the contents of a redacted version to CNN, in which the accuser who detailed her allegations to Feinstein wrote she had "received medical treatment regarding the assault" and said she expected it to remain confidential as she felt compelled to say something.
Mr Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators.
But the Republicans only have a single-vote majority on the committee, which they control 11 to 10, while they hold the Senate by just 51-49. I assume she would be.
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They said they had cut short their visit and returned home early without visiting Stonehenge because of the snow . Simonyan said the two men contacted her directly and that she had not looked for them personally.
In the Washington Post interview, the victim said that when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. Ford says four boys were at the party, but only two boys were in the room at the time.
Ford's husband also said that Ford specifically named Kavanaugh during therapy, and that she anxious he might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.
During a therapy session with her husband in 2012, Ford described the incident but did not mention Kavanaugh by name, according to therapist's notes reviewed by the Post.
A spokesman for Grassley said Kavanaugh already went through several days of hearings and has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to the Post's account, Ford described how Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk" - corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery county, Maryland. Her Holton-Arms friends mostly hung out with boys from the Landon School, she said, but for a period of several months socialized regularly with students from Georgetown Prep.
"It took a lot of courage for Christine Blasey Ford to come forward to share her story of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh". "Unfortunately what we're already hearing this morning is that the Republicans intend to play hard ball, they intend to grill her". She also doesn't recall who owned the house or how she got there.
She said she recalls a small family room where she and a handful of others drank beer together that night. Per her official University profile, Ford works in psychiatry and behavioral sciences.
Ford is a registered Democrat with a record of contributing to Democratic politicians. She said if anyone was going to tell her story, she wanted it to be her. "She's taken a position that this set of behavior is egregious and it certainly should bare on his fitness and his character", said Katz.