How might that have to work?
Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.
SNELL: Oh, absolutely. We're seeing a situation where both sides are essentially casting blame and, like you said, dug into where they are on this.
That is what happened in 1991 when an attorney named Anita Hill brought allegations about sexual harassment against her former colleague Clarence Thomas, who was under consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court. Ford has been invited to testify Monday, but it's uncertain if she'll appear.
If Kavanaugh is approved for the Supreme Court, it would give Republicans power over the body. Democrats in general are complaining that the process is being rushed, but some women are seeing a deeper - and possibly insidious - narrative, especially if Republicans go ahead with Monday's hearing without Ford. That response has contributed to him continuing to say Ford should come forward with her story.
Republicans on Capitol Hill and White House officials immediately sought to distance themselves from Whelan's claims.
Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House Thursday, and allies said he is eager to address the accusation and will be prepared to address the committee Monday.
Why did Feinstein wait so long? In the poll, conducted from September 11-17, 36% of United States adults surveyed did not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, up 6% points from a similar poll a month earlier, while 31% favored Kavanaugh's appointment.
Dianne Feinstein has not yet submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee the original letter she was sent by the accuser. The women say they believe Ford, calling her accusation "all too consistent with stories we heard and lived" while going to the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ford told The Washington Post she told no one at the time what had happened to her, and was terrified of punishment from her parents if they realized she had been at a party where underage drinking was happening.
"We are happy that Dr Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee", his spokesperson told USA media.
Miranda said she believes Ford, noting that it is unlikely that someone would put herself and her family through such scrutiny if it wasn't true. "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims?" I mean, the question over whether the FBI will conduct an investigation, won't conduct an investigation, should conduct an investigation - - any movement on that?
It's against the law to lie to Congress, but lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is considered really serious.
Exactly. All this is also taking place amid a thick bramble of political maneuvering.
Or as a Justice Department statement phrased it earlier this week: "The FBI does not make any judgment about the credibility or significance of any allegation".
Democrats have tried using the issue to demonstrate that Republicans treat women unfairly, their eyes on upcoming elections in which suburban, anti-Trump female voters could be pivotal in many races. Sen.
Responding on Twitter to Democratic criticism, the Republican-led Judiciary Committee defended Grassley's approach and described how its staff members have contacted four people alleged to have been present at the house where the alleged incident occurred.
Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, set a deadline of Friday at 10 a.m. ET for a decision from Ford on whether she will testify, and it's unclear whether she'll choose to appear.