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The situation could draw parallels with Justice Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearings when he faced allegations of sexual harassment from Anita Hill.
Debra Katz, the lawyer representing Ford, told CNN Monday her client is willing to testify.
"Absolutely, it's the right move", Hill, a law and women's studies professor at Brandeis University, told "GMA".
Senate Democrats charged Tuesday that no hearing should be held until the FBI investigates Ford's claim and urged reopening Kavanaugh's background check. "How could we want to get the truth and not have Mr. Judge come to the hearing and be asked questions?" the New York Democrat said.
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Kavanaugh has denied the accusation.
Sunny Hostin said Ford should be heard because her allegations are "very credible" and "extremely important".
Former Vice President Joe Biden, then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a potential contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has been criticized for his handling of Hill's allegations. "The Senate must recognize that investigations and public hearings are systemically stacked against survivors of sexual assault-in this case, shifting the burden from Kavanaugh, who has already lied to the Senate, to Ford, who has no reason to lie".
Ford's decision to go public prompted some key senators to voice support for a delay in Kavanaugh's nomination process, which is scheduled to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
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Many in the country refer to residents who have one foreign parent not as "half Japanese", but just "half". A number of other individuals and groups have backed Ramos, including the International Tennis Federation.
Thomas won confirmation by a vote of 52 to 48, with 11 Democrats supporting him in a Senate they controlled.
"I strongly support Dr. Ford's call for an FBI investigation before a hearing is held", Schumer said.
That incident inspired a record number of women to run for federal office that cycle, including Murray, who was elected the following year.
There are no Republican women on the Senate Judiciary Committee but they're still in the spotlight because of the nature of the allegations. He said in his interview Tuesday that the committee should not accept the letter by itself but instead should demand the opportunity to question Judge. "That this process has played out with so little order and so little sensitivity lies exclusively at the feet of Senate Democrats". Feinstein acknowledged her knowledge of the accusation last week but kept Ford's identity private until the Sunday Post article. Eshoo passed the letter to Feinstein, who turned it over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In July, Ford reached out to her congresswoman, Rep. Anna Eshoo, and Sen.
"What we were trying to do was get an investigation", Feinstein said.
Some Republicans are warning that the Judiciary Committee has to tread lightly and handle the accusations with respect, regardless of their timing.
"Asking her to come forward in four or five days and sit before the Judiciary Committee on national tv is not a fair process", Banks continued.
In "Wasted", Judge wrote about a character named "Bart O'Kavanaugh" who drank until he passed out, according to the Post. However, they're both more conservative than Collins and Murkowski.