The GOP risked further alienating female voters - particularly in the nation's suburbs - by embracing Trump's hand-picked Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, after an allegation surfaced over the weekend of decades-old sexual misconduct.
While the system may be in no better shape to soberly evaluate the claims, Hill said, the populace is at least better prepared to hear them.
Kavanaugh's once-assured confirmation has now been thrown into question, angering Trump and prompting his aides to evaluate their options moving forward. And I just want to say to the men in this country, just shut up and step up. "These are two teenagers and it's obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away".
Kavanaugh has flatly denied the claim, and he and Blasey could have a chance next week to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged episode.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Sebastian Duda, Trump said Tuesday he feels "so badly" that Kavanaugh is going through the ordeal of the accusations.
"I was a prosecutor, I've done these cases it takes a little time to try to sift through the facts and let whoever it is, the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do some things and I think they need to let this play a little bit", he said.
Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas.
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The president seems resigned to senators delaying what had been an expected Thursday vote by the judicial committee after the allegation from a professor at a California university threw Kavanaugh's confirmation into some doubt.
Senate Republicans hold a 51-49 majority and can not afford two or more Republicans voting against Kavanaugh's nomination unless they pick up votes from Democrats.
"I want to hear from Dr Ford", he said. It wasn't until 2012 that she reported having told a therapist about the incident while attending couples' therapy with her husband. "She is now being given an opportunity to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions, and I really hope that she doesn't pass up that opportunity". Kavanaugh has denied the accusation. "I applaud Christine Blasey Ford for her courage in coming forward", he wrote. Wilkinson has not returned calls from CNN seeking comment. Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh and his friend pushed her into a bedroom during a party and that Kavanaugh then forcibly pinned her down on a bed and tried to pull off her clothes.
Hatch clarified that Kavanaugh said "he was not at a party like the one [Ford] describes" and that Ford "may be mistaking [Kavanaugh] for someone else". "It was an all-boys school, we would rough-house with each other", Judge told The Weekly Standard last week.
"In view of the enormity and seriousness of these allegations, a staff-only phone call behind closed doors is unacceptable and Democratic staff will not participate", Feinstein said in a statement on Monday. Now [Feinstein has] talked to [Blasey Ford] and got her to agree to come forward publicly.
One official says they will follow the lead of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley as the story continues to unfold. Earlier in the day, the president said he was "totally supporting" Kavanaugh and rejected calls for the FBI to investigate the accusation against him. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) that the committee should delay its vote pending an investigation, Leahy said, "That would make sense".