The president is facing questions about Kavanaugh amid scrutiny of a woman's claim that the judge sexually assaulted her at a party when they were both in high school.
Senator Chuck Schumer said Ford "deserves to be treated with respect and fairness by the Senate". The White House had no immediate response.
"The important thing is to get this investigated", said Sen.
Asked about the situation several times during the day, Trump did not mention Ford's name but said he felt "terribly" for Kavanaugh, his wife "and for his lovely young daughters".
"I am someone who takes seriously allegations of sexual assault", Murkowski said.
From left, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen.
Although he repeated his full support for the planned hearings over the claims, the president also rejected calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe and blamed the uproar on Democratic shenanigans to cast doubt over his pick to replace retired justice Anthony Kennedy.
"He's not happy, he's upset", Kennedy said. The therapist's notes describe four boys being in the room in which the episode happened, rather than the two she now says were there. She said it would be "disqualifying" if Kavanaugh was lying. Grassley said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Ford told the Post that she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17 when the alleged attack took place. She says she escaped when Judge jumped on the bed. Lindsey Graham, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said there's "no reason" to have Judge appear.
No. 2 Senate Republican leader John Cornyn of Texas was one of the few Republicans who openly questioned Ford's version of events.
The idea that we should just ignore Ford's allegations because we are unlikely to know beyond a shadow of a doubt who is lying and who is not is beyond ridiculous. "There are gaps in her memory". Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, released a statement saying, "The decision to come forward or not come forward has always been Christine Blasey Ford's, and that includes her participation in a hearing". "And it is not the woman's fault".
Murkowski told CNN Monday that she's open to a delay in the committee vote. McConnell canceled the rest of this week's Senate sessions, giving lawmakers a chance to avoid days of grilling from reporters.
Inside the White House, plans are not now being made in case Kavanaugh's confirmation unravels, including identifying a potential replacement nominee, according to a source familiar with the nomination process who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Lisa Murkowski is calling for answers to new and unresolved questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after allegations of a a sexual assault by Kavanaugh in the 1980s emerged last week. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a Judiciary Committee member who has clashed bitterly with Trump and is retiring from the Senate. Feinstein said. "What about individuals who were previously told about this incident?" "We've got two people involved", Grassley said, "and two people ought to be able to present their stories and then we'll have to be the jury". In a statement, Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said the FBI - which has added a letter from Christine Blasey Ford to Kavanaugh's already completed background report file - had already done all it was going to do, because "the allegation does not involve any potential federal crime".
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But Democrats also said yesterday they were planning to attend the hearing even if Ford did not show up.
Ford is now a psychology professor at California's Palo Alto University. "What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?".