Details of the allegations have trickled out since the committee's ranking member, Sen.
The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser will do next Monday, had far-reaching implications for American politics and society's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment in the workplace.
Senate leaders, under pressure from fellow Republicans who wanted a fuller, open examination of the allegations, announced the move late on Monday.
Still, Conway and other Republicans are going out of their way to say they want Ford and Kavanaugh to be heard.
Instead of fully investigating the matter, and what may have been a horrific crime by a man who is about to be confirmed to the highest court in the nation, Republicans on the hill and in the White House, instead appear to be planning to embarrass and attack the alleged victim even more. "But with all of that being said we want to go through the process". And it's not asking too much to say that there should be a hard rule for judges: no rapists (or attempted rapists) allowed.
Maura Fitzgerald, who dated Kavanaugh in college, said she and Kavanaugh have been good friends since high school.
Both Democratic and Republican senators questioned Feinstein's handling of the allegation. In fact, it has occurred only four times in the 20th century and seven times in the 19th, though some nominations - George W. Bush's 2005 selection of Harriet Miers, withdrawn 24 days later, following a storm of criticism from the Republican base - have died before votes in the Senate, the legislative body that alone has the power to approve presidential nominees for the judicial branch through a simple majority.
Ford's allegations come almost a year after the #MeToo movement was popularised following the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood Producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been charged with rape and other sexual crimes.
Feinstein, the top Democrat on the panel, led a number of Democrats calling for a delay in the vote. He is, after all, vying for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land, and so far, his confirmation process has been remarkably opaque and disturbingly superficial. She said Kavanaugh held her down and tried to remove her clothes, and that Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, shut the door and turned up music so no one could hear her protests. "Ford recalled that she did not remember if Kavanaugh and Judge were behind her or already upstairs but claimed that they were 'stumbling drunk".
That appeal, however, won't salvage Kavanaugh's nomination if Ford comes across as credible during her testimony, Geragos said. She escaped when Kavanaugh's friend jumped on them and everyone tumbled, she says. While the President announced on Monday that he still stands behind Kavanaugh, Ford got a vote of support from someone who plays a former USA president on TV.
Ford's husband, Russell Ford, also told the newspaper that his wife described during therapy being trapped in a room with two drunken boys and that one of them had pinned her to a bed, molested her and tried to prevent from screaming.
"We will delay the process until it's finished out", Trump said.
On July 30, Ford sent a letter about the allegation to Sen. "Many of us are survivors ourselves". In the letter, the women said, "Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity".
"Believe me, I hope I am dead wrong", said Bruno, senior legal counsel for the Victim Rights Law Center.