He was asked about the allegations Friday in an interview with C-SPAN - before Blasey Ford went public with her account - and declined to directly address them. Citing "a person close to" Ford who also wishes to remain anonymous, they report that the harassment has been so severe she has had to move herself and her children out of their home, and is arranging for "private security". The Justice Department, for its part, argued in a statement late Monday that it is the FBI's responsibility to evaluate any threat Kavanaugh may pose to national security, but that Ford's claim "does not involve any potential federal crime" for the FBI to investigate.
Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied the accusation.
Democrats have said they wanted more time for the FBI to investigate - and more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what would turn into merely a "he-said-she-said" moment. She says she tried to scream, but that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth to silence her. "More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".
Mr Trump, who reportedly did not meet Mr Kavanaugh on Tuesday, expressed sympathy for his nominee.
Hill, in a New York Times op-ed, joined Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups calling for "a thorough and transparent investigation" into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's claim that Kavanaugh tried to rape her when they were teenagers.
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Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford revealed her identity as the author of an anonymous letter this weekend.
Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced last Thursday in the Washington Post that he would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.
An FBI investigation "should be the first step in addressing the allegations", the lawyers wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
In a letter to the committee's chairman, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, Ford's attorneys said an FBI investigation should take place before any testimony.
In 2006, President George W. Bush watches the swearing-in ceremony of Brett Kavanaugh as judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, far right. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement Monday. "And then they will vote". "A lot of people in the Senate weren't going to vote for him anyway".