"Veep" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus joined a letter of support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault while they were both in high school.
She and Maura Kane both dated Kavanaugh in the 1980s, when he was a student at the elite Georgetown Preparatory School outside Washington, D.C.
Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied the accusation.
Jones is not a member of the committee, but his position on Kavanaugh is one of the most closely watched, as it could tip the balance of the vote in either direction.
In modern times, that view helped derail President Lyndon Johnson's hope in 1968 to elevate Justice Abe Fortas, already on the court, to be the Chief Justice; Republicans and Southern Democrats, concerned about charges of financial irregularities, held the justice accountable for everything they did not like about the court of that era, from its expansion of the rights of criminal defendants to its banning of school prayer. Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify.
In a letter to the committee's chairman, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, Ford's attorneys said an FBI investigation should take place before any testimony. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee.More news: Trump hits China with tariffs on another $200b in goods
"I don't think Federal Bureau of Investigation really should be involved because they don't want to be involved", Trump said. "Most importantly I want the American people to be happy because they're getting somebody that is great".
Ford recounted the incident in couples therapy back in 2012, while her therapist jotted down notes, indicating that she didn't just come forward with these allegation after Kavanaugh was nominated.
According to Bloomberg News, who spoke to a White House official, President Trump's team will continue forward with the nomination, refusing to pull Kavanaugh's name from the nomination, and instead they will try to attack the credibility of the alleged victim.
If the Judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6 elections, when congressional control will be at stake.
"I believe that the FBI... should be compelled to do its job in terms of completing their background investigation and that's not being done".
Leahy dismissed Republican complaints that the information was coming to light near the end of the confirmation process, arguing that they had rushed the process and failed to turn over records of Kavanaugh's government service. Kavanaugh's supporters in the Senate and the White House question Democrats' motives, suggesting all they really want is to delay a confirmation vote.