On Thursday California Democratic Sen.
In spite of passing a lie detector test, she decided in August not to step out publicly, citing the effect stepping forward would have on her and her family.
Ford also alleges that a friend of Kavanaugh's, Mark Judge, was a participant in the incident.
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 USA court even further to the right.
"If Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh", Graham said in a statement.
He added that Republicans must be careful with their cross examination, because in light of the #MeToo movement and a growing emphasis on sexual misconduct, it's a "vastly different time period with different social mores".
In television interviews on Monday, Ford's Washington-based lawyer, Debra Katz, said her client would be willing to speak out publicly. She's describing a sexual assault. The story was corroborated by both the therapist and Ford's husband.
"For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect", the letter said.
"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", the letter read. The paper said the 2013 notes showed that Ford described a "rape attempt" in her late teens.
"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", Ford said about her identity becoming public. She contacted her congressmember and The Washington Post through a tip line.
She said that when she tried to scream, Mr Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth.
"These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", she said.
The woman is not talking to reporters and is not going public with her allegations.
The therapist's notes say four boys were involved, but Ford says that was an error by the therapist. She told The Post there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.
Ford initially told Sen.
"I think the allegations by Professor Ford are extremely credible", Schumer said on ABC's The View on Monday.
Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced.
"I never saw Brett act that way", Judge said.
The panel's Democratic members pushed for a delay.
The committee is scheduled to vote Thursday and Kavanaugh already has one of the lowest support ratings among judicial appointees in history (36 percent). Progressives have mounted a furious bid ever since his nomination in July to derail him, but thus far, no Senate Republicans have indicated they will vote against his confirmation. "Given the seriousness of these allegations, the government needs to find a fair and neutral way for complaints to be investigated".
In the interview, Ms Ford said she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. "This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee".
The Judiciary Democrats, in their letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said serious questions have been raised about Kavanaugh's "record, truthfulness and character". The spokesperson said that they are routinely held with nominees when updates are given to the nominee's background. Lindsey Graham and others.
It is especially troublesome as key Republican senators are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Mr Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v Wade ruling legalising abortion in the US.
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