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In a letter to Grassley, Blasey Ford's attorneys wrote, "While Dr. Ford's life was being turned upside down, you and your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive this traumatic and harrowing incident".

Ms Ford's lawyers said earlier this week that she would not appear before the Senate until the FBI has investigated the allegations.

"Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation (without specific references to time or location) before Professor Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections", Sen.

Without directly referencing Trump Jr., Conway said Ford "should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored".

He added: "I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

To the people being willfully obtuse about the situation, THESE ARE THE THINGS the F.B.I. can investigate, if Donald Trump orders them to. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said.

Her lawyer, Lisa Banks, told CNN her client has been "deflecting death threats and harassment".

Bredesen has avoided saying whether he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh for the high court if he were in the Senate.

President Trump has been increasingly vocal in his defense of Kavanaugh since a confidential letter that detailed assault allegations became public, but has largely stayed away from publicly challenging the accuser's credibility - unlike his eldest son. But, he said he hopes Ford will appear at the hearing. "She deserves to be treated with respect and fairness by the Senate".

A Republican senator lashed out Wednesday against Donald Trump Jr. for a weekend Instagram post mocking the woman at the center of this year's Supreme Court nomination fight.

Ms Blasey Ford claims Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

Published reports and the alleged victim's recollection is that another Georgetown Prep student and friend of Kavanaugh's named Mark Judge was also present in the room during the alleged assault.

One of the signers, Cristina King Miranda, tweeted Wednesday that the alleged attack "was spoken about for days afterward in school" and that Kavanaugh "should stop lying". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

Fellow Republican Susan Collins of ME said she hoped Prof Ford would "reconsider and testify" on Monday.

Julie DeVol told AP she didn't really anticipate the letter would provoke such intense interest, though she sensed Kavanaugh's critics "would do anything" to delay his confirmation vote.

The seat is opening up with the retirement of Republican Sen.

While Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) had originally said that the hearing needed to be postponed until Ford's testimony could be heard, on Tuesday he said that if Ford refused to testify on Monday, the Senate should move forward with their vote.