>> Thursday was supposed to be the day a panel of lawmakers voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh toward the Senate. But with the best laid plans of Republicans upended, Thursday instead a day of will she or won't she. Wondering if the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault will testify before Congress.
And time is running out. The Republican Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee gave the accuser a Friday morning deadline to accept the Committee's invitation to share her story.>> Well, where I'm focused right now is doing everything that we can to make Dr. Ford comfortable with coming before our committee.
Either in an open session, or a close session, or a public or a private interviews.>> Also on Thursday protesters clogging the hallways outside Republican Senator Jeff Flake's offices. Urging him to demand a more thorough investigation of the accusations against Kavanaugh. And while Republicans fend off calls from Democrats for the FBI to probe the allegations.
A Reuters poll finds popular support for the nominee dropping to historic lows. Just 31% of respondents told Reuters they support the nominee, while 35% oppose, and 33% say they don't know. The turmoil still unfolding after Christine Blasey Ford came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of assaulting her more than 30 years ago.
She claims he pinned her to a bed, groped her, and tried to cover her mouth when she screamed. Kavanaugh forcefully denies the allegations, calling them, quote, completely false.>> She is willing to cooperate, what she is not willing to do is to be part of this bloodletting that happens in Washington.
And that's not a fair way to get at the truth.>> Ford's lawyer said her client would only appear before Congress if the FBI first investigated her allegation, Republicans pushed back on this. Ford's lawyer also criticized the committee's plan to hear just from Ford and Kavanaugh and not call additional witnesses.
Despite Republicans resistance to her requests for probes and witnesses, it's unclear whether Ford has ruled out testifying on Monday.>> We have a quorum present, I'm holding