"We are writing to request that you immediately withdraw the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court or direct the FBI to re-open its background investigation and thoroughly examine the multiple allegations of sexual assault."
A confirmation hearing is a job interview, not a trial.
Many warn senators not to repeat the mistakes of the Anita Hill hearings of 1991 by an all-male, all-white Senate Judiciary Committee.
The New Yorker revealed Republican Senate aides learned of Deborah Ramirez’s allegations last week and responded by trying to quickly move Kavanaugh’s nomination ahead before the allegations became public.
"They are totally intent on getting Judge Kavanaugh onto the Supreme Court, come Hell or high water. You have to ask yourself, why?"
It comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and 27 years after another dramatic showdown over sexual harassment allegations against another conservative Supreme Court nominee, Clarence Thomas.
"Millions of us have your back. We call on Senators to demand a full, fair and trauma-informed investigation."
On Tuesday night, Senator Grassley said there’s “no reason for any further delay” in the hearing, even if Christine Blasey Ford does not testify.
She at first expected her story to be kept confidential, but changed her mind after it leaked. She now says she is willing to testify about her experience.