Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reassured Republicans that Judge Brett Kavanaugh ― President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick now facing a sexual assault accusation ― will soon take his place on the highest court in the nation. After my first ten cases, the ache in my stomach would come like clockwork as I sat down to open a sexual assault file for the first time.
"Grassley says it's not appropriate for the FBI to investigate, and he's insisting Blasey Ford must testify on Monday and has set 10 a.m. Friday as the deadline to hear back from her", Colbert said.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusation he sexually assaulted Ford while drunk at a party in his high school years and said he would be willing to appear before the committee to refute it.
He went on: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents".
In addition to security, expected to be provided by Capitol Police, Professor Ford has asked for press coverage of her testimony to be the same as for Mr Kavanaugh.
Trump told Hannity on Thursday night that the Senate Judiciary Committee should move swiftly to finish vetting Kavanaugh. Earlier this week, Ford and Democrats called for a FBI investigation into her allegations against Kavanaugh before moving ahead. The radical left lawyers want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get involved NOW.
Ford is willing to tell her story to the Judiciary Committee, whose senators will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", the attorney said in an email earlier Thursday. Two others have said they have no recollection of any incident like the one Ford described. Perhaps they hope that the longer they string this out, the more unlikely it will be for the president to restrain his Twitter finger and that he will say something to outrage women voters.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley welcomed Prof Ford's offer.
Mr Kavanaugh has denied all parts of the allegation.
Celebrities like Julianne Moore, Marisa Tomei, and Gabrielle Union - among other women - filmed the video in support of Ford.
Even moderate Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it would be "unfair" to Kavanaugh if Ford decides to not appear, and others were urging leaders to proceed quickly to a vote. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley.
The psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California said she was being treated for what she said had been the long-term effects of the incident.
The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after law professor Anita Hill raised allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Late Thursday, the White House released a letter from Kavanaugh to Grassley in which he said he wants to tell his side in a Monday hearing.
Democrats, already opposed to Kavanaugh even before Ford made her allegation, accused Republicans of trying to railroad the nomination through the Senate.