Prof Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, said: "She's willing to do what she needs to do". In the letter, Ford said she had received medical treatment after the assault, adding that "it is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizens about the idea of not saying anything".
Calls have mounted for senators to postpone a vote on the nomination.
Flake said that Ford's allegations deserve to be heard, and said holding a hearing is the "best" and "only process we have".
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.
Ford went public with her allegation in an article published by The Washington Post on Sunday.
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"What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge", she said. She told the Post 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. This isn't about what happened in the 1980s when Kavanaugh and Ford were in high school.
On Fox News on Monday morning, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Ford "should not be insulted and she should not be ignored".
The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group that has been a major proponent of Republican nominees to the high court, said on Monday that it would launch a $1.5 million advertising blitz to support him, featuring a longtime friend of the federal judge who would speak to his character. She told the Post that she was able to escape after a friend of Kavanaugh's who was in the room jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled.
"If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled", Graham said in a statement. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.
Bob Corker also believes Kavanaugh's accuser should be heard out before the Judiciary Committee votes on his nomination, the Tennessee senator's spokesperson, Micah Johnson, said in a statement to CNN.
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Lawmakers from both sides of the United States political divide have called for a delay in the vote on the nominee for the powerful Supreme Court.
The accusation has raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending Mr Trump's nominee ahead of mid-term elections. Dianne Feinstein with her account of the incident, but requested confidentiality. They did not raise it, even with the name redacted, in four days of exhaustive public hearings while Judge Kavanaugh testified under oath - even though they chose to raise myriad other matters at the hearing, including through sometimes freakish innuendo.
As one of only two GOP women in the Senate and a key undecided vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, Collins views may carry outsized weight with Grassley. Richard Blumenthal, both members of the committee, likewise demanded a delay on the confirmation vote until further investigation.
Democrats sought to put pressure on Republicans to delay the process.
Instead of fully investigating the matter, and what may have been a horrific crime by a man who is about to be confirmed to the highest court in the nation, Republicans on the hill and in the White House, instead appear to be planning to embarrass and attack the alleged victim even more.
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