That question of fairness is at the heart of a bitterly partisan debate over how to deal with the allegation that Kavanaugh drunkenly assaulted Ford at a party when he was 17, she was 15, and they were attending private schools outside Washington, DC.
He tweeted that if the attack was "as bad as she says", then either she or her "loving parents" would have "immediately filed [charges] with local Law Enforcement Authorities". Whelan named the other man, posted photos of him from high school and adulthood alongside pictures of Kavanaugh and posted floor plans of the classmate's childhood house to try to prove that may have been the house hosting the party the night of Ford's alleged assault.
Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.
"I understand that this is highly inconvenient to the Republicans' agenda right now, but what Christine has done - she wasn't a part of any of the decisions of how the information she put forward was handled", she said.
Ford is willing to tell her story - but only if agreement can be reached on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", her lawyer said Thursday. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley.
Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who faces a tough reelection battle in Missouri, which Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, said on Twitter on Wednesday that she would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation because of "his positions on several key issues, most importantly the avalanche of dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy". "If it's legitimate, she has a legitimate complaint", Cordes said, her voice softening.
Despite the demands by Ford's legal team and Senate Democrats for an FBI investigation, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and President Donald Trump have opposed holding an FBI investigation into the incident.
"With the battle over the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court being charged by sexual assault accusations and at the nearly one-year anniversary of the start of #MeToo, you'd think that America would be split by gender on this", said Cliff Young, president of Ipsos.
"Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony". Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and pledged to testify at Monday's hearing. She does not remember where exactly the alleged assault took place, who was there, or what year it was.
He added: "Why didn't someone call the Federal Bureau of Investigation 36 years ago?" They seem more interested in playing political games with Republican members, perhaps hoping that the all-male panel on that side of the committee will be afraid to ask tough questions. Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats, a senior White House official said. He also said Senate Democrats shouldn't delay the vote on Kavanaugh, which was supposed to go through the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, much longer.
"It's very unfair, I think, to - as you know, Justice Kavanaugh has been treated very, very tough, and his family", the president said. They fear that without a shared set of facts, Republicans would simply move quickly after the testimony to confirm Kavanaugh.
"If I could go back to high school and find everyone who tried to take advantage of us", the Republican said, shaking her head. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a possible 2020 presidential candidate, said Republicans were "bullying" Ford by giving her a Monday deadline to testify.