For women like Jayne A. Cordes, the steady stream of investigations in Washington is exhausting.
Celebrities and women across the USA filmed a video in support of Christine Blasey Ford and her accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Constitution assigns the Senate, and only the Senate, with the task of advising the President on his nominee and consenting to the nomination if the circumstances merit. "But as an organization committed to fairness and due process, IWF also understands that allegations can not be accepted as true simply because they are made by a woman".
But the 59-year-old real estate agent was less dismissive toward Ford herself. In the letter, Ford said she had received medical treatment after the assault, adding that "it is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything". "You don't want her to be right, because it's a frightful situation". They said Ford's "strong preference" is that "a full investigation" be completed before her testimony, but stopped short of demanding an FBI probe and seemed to suggest that she would testify without one.
"This is a lifetime position", she said.
Twelve of Prof Ford's family members have written an open letter, posted on Twitter, in which they call her "highly ethical", adding that "her honesty is above reproach". The FBI has said it is not investigating the matter, a decision backed by Republicans.
The response of these women to the Kavanaugh fallout could be critical in the fight for Congress this fall.
Numerous Republicans had called for the confirmation process to move forward if Ford would not agree to testify, and they accused Democrats of trying to stall the confirmation process. Interviews with almost a dozen women across the country this week suggested a nuanced reaction to the news in Washington that could pose risks to both parties. They don't want the facts.
Most of the female candidates this year are Democrats. Numerous women, regardless of their politics, expressed personal empathy for Ford as she steps into a national firestorm.
"They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court, come hell or high water", said Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono, who touted a letter of support for Ford signed by more than 1,000 women who graduated from the Maryland school Ford attended in the 1980s.
Are Senate Democrats really interested in learning the truth about the high-school sex-assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh?
Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, demonstrate in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.
Anita Hill came forward in 1991 to say that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her.
Like Bozell, Republicans on Capitol Hill have said that Feinstein should have brought the information to the panel earlier.
It's also something that's happened before.
"I remember when I was that age".
Ms Ford's demand has been fully backed by Democrats. "I did not do this back in high school or at any time". Whether or not there's conclusive proof of the alleged assault, every senator is entitled to vote yes or no on elevating Kavanaugh from his current position as a federal appeals court judge to the pinnacle of American law based on their individual, subjective assessments of whatever testimony is provided.
"We just have to be so much better than we've been in the past in recognizing what's appropriate and what's not, in terms of the process", Flake said Wednesday in the Costa report.
They want her allegations to be investigated by the United States government before she appears for a hearing in Congress. "It was different times".
Ford supporters protest outside the office of Senator Chuck Grassley on Thursday, saying he's treating her unfairly.