The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday invited Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, to a public hearing next week, while multiple sources tell Fox News Thursday’s vote has been postponed.
Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced the hearing “to give these recent allegations a full airing.”
“As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has done deserves to be heard,” Grassley said in a statement, which noted he had tried to have the panel’s staff conduct phone interviews with both Kavanaugh and Ford.
Meanwhile, sources said Thursday’s vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate has been delayed.
President Trump earlier Monday indicated he was open to postponing the confirmation proceedings in Congress while the allegations against Kavanaugh are investigated.
“If it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay,” Trump said. “It shouldn’t certainly be very much.”
This is a developing story; please check back for updates. Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.