Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called for the "immediate postponement" of any further action on Kavanaugh's nomination. The lawmaker pushed back, the president said, citing his experience from 25 years in politics. He also pointed to the letter, signed by 65 women he knew as a young man, that said he always treated women with "decency and respect".
Kavanaugh's nomination hangs precariously.
Kavanaugh was questioned by committee staff last week. The development could carry profound consequences not only for the future of the Supreme Court, but also for Republicans facing the growing possibility of losing control of Congress in November, partly at the hands of female voters.
The president was briefed on the allegation Sunday, according to people in contact with him, and was remaining firmly behind Kavanaugh, who is also scheduled to testify before the committee and who has vehemently denied the allegations. NPR claims that Barrett and Kavanaugh were Trump's two final picks, but Vox reported that Trump wants his Supreme Court nominee to have a degree from Harvard or Yale, and Barrett attended Notre Dame Law School.
The agreement to hear Blasey's testimony was sealed after days of frenzied, bitter negotiations that left Trump and his team believing that his own party had allowed itself to be exploited. If elevated to the high court, the legitimacy of everything Judge Kavanaugh touches will be questioned. "I'm not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone in some place, but what I know, is I've never sexually assaulted anyone". She said her family had hired security.
Across the US, people have documented their walkout efforts with the #BelieveSurvivors hashtag, sharing photos of themselves leaving their workplaces in solidarity with sexual assault survivors, and urging others to listen to these people's personal accounts of assault and subsequent trauma.
"Leader McConnell is afraid of what might come out (about Kavanaugh), what the truth is", Schumer said. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a string of tweets Monday morning. "Unless there's something more", he said on Fox News Sunday, "No, I'm not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh's life over this".
"This shameful smear campaign has hit a new low", McConnell said, recalling that Democrats had promised to stop a generational rightward shift on the Supreme Court by "any means" available.
The new information came hours after the Senate committee agreed to a date and time for a hearing after almost a week of uncertainty over whether Ford would appear to tell her story.
Protesters have targeted Collins because she is an undecided vote.
Kavanaugh said President Trump called him Monday afternoon to tell him he's standing by him.
Some of those activists have begun to bristle publicly at what they regard as Grassley's weakness in bowing to Blasey's demands. She is scheduled to testify in an open hearing on September 27.
"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", Judge Kavanaugh said.
Judge Kavanaugh appeared to get emotional at the end of the interview. Democrats are likely to question Kavanaugh about his drinking habits and social conduct - open-ended questions that people close to him say he plans to avoid answering, but that will be hard to deflect.
"How the Senate handles this and the Senate Republicans handle this will be a test of this time, of 2018, in the #MeToo movement", Sen. A nominee needs a simple majority of 51 votes to be confirmed.