Napolitano said law enforcement would view Ford's claims "very skeptically", because of the passage of time.
Kavanaugh also said that he is willing to defend himself in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee "in any way the Committee deems appropriate". "His nomination should be put on hold until those hearing are complete".
The statement comes three days before the scheduled September 20 vote on Kavanaugh's nomination and a day after his accuser, Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford, publicly came forward to accuse the federal appeals judge of sexual assault decades ago when they were both in high school.
Mrs Katz told NBC's Today: "She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped". Orrin Hatch's office, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told Hatch he was not at a party like the one Christine Blasey Ford described and that Dr. Ford 'may be mistaking him for someone else'.
The senator added that she spoke with Kavanaugh about the allegations last week and reiterated that he denies them. At the end of their meeting, Eshoo said, Ford said she thought it would be "prudent that I take it to another level, and so I contacted Sen". Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Wednesday.
Grassley has called for the committee to follow "standard procedure", which he indicated involved "follow-up calls with relevant parties". Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee, is not cooperating.
He issued a statement Monday through his campaign playing it down the middle on Kavanaugh, saying his "default setting" is to believe victims and give them the benefit of the doubt as investigations proceed.
In a new statement released Monday morning, Kavanaugh forcefully refuted Ford's allegations.
Some Republicans have suggested they want to hear from Ford before moving forward with a scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday. Grassley previously stated that he had reached out to his Democratic counterpart on the committee, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, also called for slowing the process.
Heitkamp said it "takes courage for any woman to speak up about sexual assault, and we need to respect Prof". Marsha Blackburn, the Democrat insisted that Ford "should be heard".
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This morning on CNN, Ford's lawyer announced that his client would be willing to testify.
Kavanaugh, 53, whose confirmation had seemed to be on a smooth trajectory, went to the White House on Monday.
"This woman should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored", White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said during an interview on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends".
Leahy said in a statement that the "integrity of our nation's highest court is on the line" and "we can not brush aside these extraordinarily serious allegations in an unseemly rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat".
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". "With the one-vote margin on the committee, Jeff Flake has the power to stop Kavanaugh, and to humiliate Trump". "Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement".
The White House is standing behind Kavanaugh as the allegation threatens his nomination.
But two years later, the president and his party are facing a headwind of opposition from women in the midterm election that the Kavanaugh allegation could amplify.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now scheduled to vote September 20 on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation to the Supreme Court. "Revenge is a dish best served cold, as the philosopher once said".
Ford came forward publicly on Sunday in an interview with the Washington Post.
Mr Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ms Ford attended a nearby school. September 13: Feinstein said she received information on Kavanaugh and had "referred the matter to federal investigative authorities".