The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely propose holding a hearing next Wednesday where they will hear testimony from both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing him of sexual assault, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.
Additionally, Democratic senators are calling for more witnesses and more time for the FBI to investigate the allegations.
"Her worst fears have materialized", the letter said. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who was first informed of the charge weeks ago, but held on to the information. "A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to".
GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee - among a handful of Republicans who insisted on hearing from Ford before voting - said it would be a "shame" if Ford didn't show up to testify.
However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford's presence was not confirmed. And they're pushing for it to happen - for the hearing to happen Monday.
Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say that before she testifies on Capitol Hill next week she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He is the author of the book "Wasted: Tales of a Gen-X Drunk", which details his drinking problem and blackouts as a student. She alleges that back then, Kavanaugh and his friend cornered her in a bedroom at a house party in Washington where the future judge groped her.
"I feel so badly for him".
"The White House is walking a tightrope", said evangelist Robert Jeffress, a close confidante of Trump.
But Trump said ahead of his news conference, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved". "This is not really their thing. The Senators will do a good job".
With a lapsed deadline and no resolution from Ford, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing aren't ruling out a Monday morning hearing.
"Hopefully, the woman will come forward, state her case", the President said. She said she escaped when Judge jumped on the bed, sending all three tumbling off.
Grassley added, "Accusers deserve to be heard and, after they're heard and we also have a responsibility to hear judge Kavanaugh, and I want to hear from Dr. Ford, and she deserved to be heard, because these are serious accusations".
"She's going to have an opportunity to be heard", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) called for "men of this country to shut up and step up for once" on Tuesday during press a conference with Senate Democrats.
Questions around Kavanaugh's record, including his views on whether presidents can be criminally indicted while in office, have also swirled around his confirmation hearings.
Hewitt asked if there was any thought of having a female lawyer or someone like former Republican Sen.