Hatch, an ardent supporter of Kavanaugh's appointment to the high court, said Monday that Ford must be "mistaken" and even if the allegation was true, Kavanaugh is a "good man" and senators would judge him for who he is now.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Monday at which Kavanaugh will testify.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who has been wooed by Kavanaugh opponents hoping she'll vote with the Democrats, tweeted Tuesday she was "respectfully recommending" that at Monday's hearing the counsel for Ford be allowed to question Kavanaugh.
Abby Huntsman said she didn't like the politics surrounding this, pointing to how Dianne Feinstein received the letter in July and saying, "It seems as if the Democrats put this in a drawer and said, 'This is big and this is going to benefit us is if we use the time perfectly".
The decision follows the release of a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Commitee Chairman Chuck Grassley from attorneys representing Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her more than three decades ago when they were teenagers.
In a statement on Monday, Kavanaugh called the allegation by Ford, who is a college professor, "completely false". "He stands ready to testify tomorrow if the Senate is ready to hear him", White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement Monday. "We knew Brett well through social events, sports, church, and various other activities", the letter reads.
"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation", he said in a statement distributed by the White House.
"In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident".
"I find her allegations worth looking into professionally", Leahy said in the interview. From there, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom and on top of a bed, where she said Kavanaugh, then 17, attacked her. The book describes being an alcoholic in high school and even features a cameo by someone he calls "Bart O'Kavanaugh" who puked in someone's auto and passed out on his way back from a party. Hill had a witness who testified that she told her of the sexual harassment at the time.
Meanwhile, key members the Trump administration, including the president himself, continue to defend Kavanaugh.
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On Monday a spokesperson for the Justice Department indicated that the FBI does not get involved in matters unless a federal crime is alleged and that it had completed its work related to Kavanaugh's background check. The letter, signed by 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school. insists that the judge "has behaved honorably and treated women with respect".
"I feel so badly for him that he's going through this", the president said.
Thomas was confirmed - though by a 52-28 margin, the closest in modern history - but only after days of testimony from witnesses about his interactions with Hill in different government jobs.
"She will have the opportunity to be heard Monday", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said at press conference Tuesday, while dodging a question about whether other potentially corroborating witnesses should be brought in to testify. But she ultimately decided not to come forward with her allegation.