The White House is standing behind Kavanaugh as the allegation threatens his nomination.
This does not mean I consider sexual assault "excusable" or "minor".
The allegation against Kavanaugh first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that had been for some time in the possession of Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and one of its four female members.
That the president's senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, swiftly advocated listening to the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault points to the power of the #MeToo movement - and of women in politics.
Debra Katz, an attorney for Ford, said Monday that Ford is willing to testify about her accusations before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refuse this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity".
One of them, Sen. But he said the confirmation remained on track: "We want to go through a process". She said that Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she screamed, and only stopped when another teenager broke up the encounter.
Mr Schumer told ABC's The View: "Trying to rush this through on Thursday is an insult to the women of America and an insult to the majesty of the Supreme Court of the United States". "She should testify under oath and she should do it on Capitol Hill", Conway said. He said Democrats never raised it throughout the several days of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing that he said included "sometimes freaky innuendo".
"We are not going to stand by and let Judge Kavanaugh be smeared".
The testimonies "would be added to the very considerable mountain of evidence and considerations that folks will have when they weigh whether or not to vote for Judge Kavanaugh to be on the Supreme Court".
"For me, we can't vote until we hear more", said Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"She was weighing her desire and her belief that she had a civic duty to provide this information to those making the decision about Brett Kavanaugh with, frankly, her fear about coming forward", Banks told NPR.
Sens. Jeff Flake, Ariz., and Bob Corker, Tenn., Republicans who are retiring at the end of this term, have joined Democrats in urging a delay in the vote until the committee hears from Ford.
Kavanaugh and Ford had each indicated earlier Monday a willingness to testify to the Judiciary committee.
The Judiciary Committee is split between majority Republicans and Democrats 11-10.
"I would also note that she has medical records that corroborate these allegations that far predate Mr. Kavanaugh's nomination", Banks added in her Morning Edition interview, referring to notes from a 2012 couples therapy session, which the Post reviewed. Democrats faced criticism for being timid in her defense.
Now, both Republicans and Democrats are searching for a fair way for her to make her allegations and for Judge Kavanaugh to respond.
Women who organized and signed it say it was a rapid response by a social network that endures decades after they graduated and was easy to mobilize: a chain of friends calling, texting and emailing friends from a Washington-area world where many still live and see each other.
That action alone could lead to new Senate hearings about who is lying about this sexual attack she claims occurred when both were high school students in Bethesda, Maryland.