The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault says the FBI should investigate the incident before senators hold a hearing on the allegations.
The president said the judge had been treated "very, very tough".
"If she shows up and makes a credible showing", Trump said, referring to Ford, "that'll be very interesting, and we'll have to make a decision".
Republicans, who control the Senate and Kavanaugh's confirmation process, had scheduled a hearing for the professor and Trump's nominee on Monday. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has offered to allow Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, to speak either in private or in public before the committee but has made it clear that her only opportunity will be Monday. But don't be held hostage to the idea that if Kavanaugh doesn't wind up on the court - no matter what he and Ford say next week - it will be curtains for Senate Republicans. She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats.
"If Senate Republicans do have 100 percent of the party supporting Kavanaugh after this hearing on Monday, they don't necessarily need the Democratic votes", she said.
Now, Ford and her attorney Debra Katz are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow the FBI to investigate her allegations before she goes in front of the Senate to testify.
"Dr. Ford's call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed", Schumer said in a statement.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she said in an interview with the Washington Post.
Democrats said they wanted more time for the FBI to investigate - and more witnesses besides Kavanaugh and Ford, hoping to avoid what would turn into merely a "he said, she said" moment.
"Not after the sexual charges", said Jeffrey Schmidt, 56, from Colorado, who opposes President Trump and his policies.
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Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party in 1982 when he was 17 years old and she was 15. "Nothing the Federal Bureau of Investigation or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay".
The former prosecutors cited corroboration, the polygraph exam, and motives as bolstering the claims by Dr. Christine Ford.
He added that he wants to hear what Ford has to say about her accusations. "That this process has played out with so little order and so little sensitivity lies exclusively at the feet of Senate Democrats". By margins of as much as 20 points, women are less favorable than men to President Trump and more inclined to say they favor Democrats in the November 6th congressional elections. "George H.W. Bush requested that the F.B.I. look into her claims, and they did", Mystal wrote. However, Trump rejected the idea of bringing in the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh, which would be likely to delay a confirmation vote until after the election.
Republicans say Ford will have one chance to testify, and one chance only.
Hill's allegation Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her and the committee's handling of his confirmation hearings haunts Washington as a key event that alienated many women.
Senate leaders, under pressure from fellow Republicans who wanted a fuller, open examination of the allegations, announced the move late on Monday.