Trump says he feels 'so badly' for Kavanaugh

Sen. Dianne Feinstein at a hearing in the Hart Office Senate Building

McCaskill has been closely scrutinized by both sides of the aisle for how she'll vote on President Donald Trump's nominee as she runs for re-election in a state Trump won by double digits. "At the same time, we want to go through a process, we want to make sure everything is flawless, everything is just right".

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, seen here September 6 waiting to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, has denied a woman's allegation that he tried to rape her when the two were teenagers.

Asked about the situation several times during the day, Trump did not mention Ford's name but said he felt "terribly" for Kavanaugh, his wife "and for his handsome young daughters".

Recounting her story, Ford said when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. Conway said that decision was up to the Judiciary Committee. Republicans have been careful to be seen as giving Ford a chance to be heard, mindful that outright dismissal of her accusation could hurt on Election Day.

Kavanaugh has "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegation. But in a statement Monday, the Missouri Republican called for the Senate to slow the process to look into allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a peer as a teenager.

That panel has a vote now set for Thursday afternoon on the Kavanaugh nomination.

"I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explore this further", Flake told The Washington Post. She said was around 15 at the time. At the end of their meeting, Eshoo said, Ford said she thought it would be "prudent that I take it to another level, and so I contacted Sen".

"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this, to be honest with you, I feel so badly for him", said Trump, who has himself faced numerous accusations of sexual harassment that he's denied. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who kept Ford's letter quiet when she wanted to remain anonymous. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by October 1, the first day of the fall term. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who had received a copy of the letter detailing the alleged incident, said late last week she had turned it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ford came forward publicly on Sunday in an interview with the Washington Post.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley plans to speak with Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford before the committee's scheduled vote, according to a panel spokesman. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wouldn't say if the vote should be postponed.

On Monday, Cramer said in a statement through his campaign that it's "hard not to be skeptical considering the timing and history of the allegations". He says, "we want to hear both sides". Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators.

With Republicans narrowly controlling the Senate 51-49, the views of Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The White House has accused Feinstein of mounting an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation".

The White House reiterated its support for Kavanaugh, with spokeswoman Kerri Kupec saying in an email Monday that it stands by the nominee's denial. (Also, perhaps it should not come as a surprise that the people who live to eliminate the right to choose are not particularly inclined to hear a woman complain about what a man did to her.) Meanwhile, the official response from Kavanaugh's camp is that the incident never happened, and that no incident like the incident ever happened, and that Ford is fabricating everything.