But the Justice Department said in a statement late Monday that the accusation against Kavanaugh "does not involve any potential federal crime". "The FBI's role in such matters is to provide information for the use of the decision makers". John Kennedy, R-La., told the Times that Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, informed the members of the committee that they would be able to ask further questions of Kavanaugh, and Republican aides told the Times and the Post that the public hearing would take place on September 24.
But Kavanaugh says unequivocally this never happened. "The FBI is not doing any further investigation".
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) testifies during a hearing before the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee on July 24, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Blasey Ford asked for confidentiality, and the allegation was not made public - until this past weekend.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told The Washington Post on Sunday.
Ford, a 51-year-old psychology professor, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago in the 1980s, when they were both teenagers in high school.
Kavanaugh responded through the White House with a categorical denial. The test concluded she was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations was accurate. "And she deserves to be heard because these are serious accusations". The Kavanaugh hearings are a crucial moment for members of both parties to put a stop to this administration's habit of running roughshod over the very thing that makes our democracy admirable and functional (if occasionally maddening): fair, predictable and transparent processes. Monday's planned hearing seems to be following a similar pattern. "We've invited everybody", he said.
It also sets up a public, televised airing of sexual misconduct allegations, reminiscent of the seminal hearings against Clarence Thomas in 1991, that could derail Kavanaugh's nomination altogether.
Bruno said focusing on the young ages of Kavanaugh and Ford during the alleged assault - Ford was 15 - and the many years that have elapsed misses a larger point.
Ironically, one of the Democrats in a tough race this fall is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen.
Then the questions are: Which of them do the senators believe and what is disqualifying for a post of this kind?
"It's been hard for Blasey Ford over the years, [Blasey Ford] told [Rebecca] White, because the judge's name would come up as 'a super powerful guy and he might be a contender for a Supreme Court position one day'". After they had gone, Ford left the party but is unable to recall how she got home.
"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes - to her or to anyone", he said. He said that hasn't been worked out, and pointed to the Democrats, noting that there hasn't been a lot of cooperation from Democratic staff. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire come in to do the questioning since there are no Republican women on the Judiciary Comittee.
Leahy dismissed Republican complaints that the information was coming to light near the end of the confirmation process, arguing that they had rushed the process and failed to turn over records of Kavanaugh's government service. Overall, there are now 23 women in the Senate: 17 Democrats and six Republicans. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. Kavanaugh's supporters in the Senate and the White House question Democrats' motives, suggesting all they really want is to delay a confirmation vote.
Kavanaugh went to the White House on Monday, but Trump said he did not meet with his nominee.
The South Carolina senator says if the panel is going to hear from Ford, "it should be done immediately" so the confirmation process can continue as scheduled.