Ford said Monday she would be willing to testify before the Senate, but later said she would not want to speak to senators until the FBI investigates the alleged incident.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California responded on Twitter by writing, "Fact check: The FBI can investigate Dr. Blasey Ford's allegations as part of its background investigation-that is their job".
Patrick J. Smyth - who graduated with Kavanaugh from Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Md, in 1983 - also denied seeing any "improper conduct" from the nominee, CNN reported, citing a letter written by Smyth's lawyer and sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.
Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said Wednesday that "it's unreasonable" for the Senate Judiciary Committee to "force her hand without doing the appropriate investigation".
But Trump said ahead of his news conference, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved".
"If she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting".
That underscores a desire to avoid antagonising female voters at a time when the #MeToo movement has made sexual abuse a major political dynamic. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (left) speaks as ranking member Sen.
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Trump has also pressured Merkel to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), but there is limited demand for it in Germany for cost reasons.
In a letter to Ford's attorneys released Wednesday, Grassley said "no one should be subject to that behavior".
"I think he's on track, very much on track", Trump said.
The move forced Republicans to put off a planned committee vote for Thursday on Kavanaugh's nomination.
King noted in her post that she did not know Ford personally, but she says she slightly knew Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who Ford claimed was in the room when Kavanaugh attempted to rape her. Judge has denied being in the room, but said in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he has no plans to testify publicly.
The Justice Department has said the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent Ford's initial letter making the allegation against Kavanaugh to the White House and considers its role in the matter complete. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. "To refuse to treat this properly and try to confirm Judge Kavanaugh at any cost tells women that once again they are not important and they are not to be believed". That this fearless woman is receiving death threats and has been forced to flee with her family is appalling and heartbreaking.
Trump, counseled not to dismiss or insult Ford as he has other women accusing him of sexual misconduct, has showered sympathy on his embattled nominee and said he wants to hear from Ford. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Sen. "This is a situation that is stacked".
President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday. "I hope Republican voters, and others, are watching, and studying, the Democrats Playbook". McConnell expressed confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed: "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination". "It's a process, speaking for all of the Republicans, we want to give everybody a chance to say what they want to say".
He added that he wants to hear what Ford has to say about her accusations. "The invitation for Monday still stands". Now, Ford is protesting that a hearing scheduled for next week would be too soon.
Clinton says that makes it hard to "avoid the appearance of insult" against Ford.
Hill endured a brutal assault on her personal reputation in hearings and in conservative media and the all-male Republicans on the committee ultimately backed Thomas.