With Kavanaugh allegations, Democrats warn of repeating mistakes of Anita Hill hearings

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Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Patrick Smyth said that he has no knowledge of the party in question nor any knowledge of "the allegations of improper conduct" that Ford has levelled against Kavanaugh. He has been meeting with White House officials this week. In their letter to Wray and McGahn, they ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation to interview Kavanaugh, Ford and other relevant witnesses.

Mr Trump told reporters: "Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision".

However, Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Republican-dominated judiciary committee, said Tuesday that Ford's presence was not confirmed.

The Republican president said he wanted the Senate confirmation process to play out.

"The FBI does not make a credibility assessment of any information it receives with respect to a nominee".

The lawyers wrote that Ford, who is now a college professor in California, wants to cooperate with the committee. During Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation, the George H.W. Bush White House asked the FBI to investigate claims of sexual harassment made by Anita Hill.

The White House under President George W Bush ordered that inquiry.

The furious jockeying over Ford's testimony underscores the political potency so close to an election that will decide control of the House and the Senate, not to mention the confirmation of a conservative justice likely to serve on the high court for decades.

Her lawyer told CNN on Tuesday night: "It's premature to talk about a hearing on Monday because she [Prof Ford] has been dealing with the threats, the harassment and the safety of her family and that's what she's been focused on for the last couple of days". "Only then should the chairman set a hearing date", the Senator said.

Ford also told the Post that the assault ended when Judge jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh, knocking them off the bed and allowing her to flee to the bathroom. "Their reckless behavior will do lasting damage to Dr. Ford, to Judge Kavanaugh, and to the public trust", he wrote. Kavanaugh has called Ford's allegation "completely false".

Ford alleged, first in a letter, then in an article to The Washington Post on Sunday, that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party in high school. "This is a situation that is stacked.She's already been attacked, had to move out of her house".

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Anita Hill - whose allegation against Clarence Thomas has drawn endless parallels with the Ford-Kavanaugh controversy - says the accuser must not be hurried.

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He added: "I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine that anything happened".

"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".

Her allegation has jeopardized Kavanaugh's nomination, which previously was on a track towards confirmation. We've offered Dr. Ford the opportunity to share her story with the committee, as her attorney said yesterday she was willing to do.

"In our view, Ford is providing a credible account about a painful, awful incident that occurred many years ago and which she hoped she would never have to talk about to anyone again, let alone the whole country", they concluded.

Ms Collins and Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski are moderate Republicans who have voted with Democrats in the past, making them possible swing votes when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh.

"What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?".

"If Senate Republicans do have 100 percent of the party supporting Kavanaugh after this hearing on Monday, they don't necessarily need the Democratic votes", she said.