Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh — facing an allegation of a three-decade-old sexual assault — was scheduled Monday afternoon to participate in a private phone call with GOP Senate Judiciary Committee staffers about the accusation.
The panel’s Democrats refused to participate.
News of the private GOP interview was the latest in a day of fast-moving developments since California professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward on Sunday with accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when both were Maryland high school students.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation.
California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Republicans gave Democrats just a few hours notice — and that a staff-only call is unacceptable because of the allegations' "enormity and seriousness," and violates how the panel has worked in the past.
Feinstein said the FBI should conduct the interview and let the Judiciary panel decide whether to seek additional information.
Feinstein's statement came as Republicans deflected offers by Kavanaugh and Ford to testify before the committee.
Republicans have planned for a committee confirmation vote Thursday, with a full Senate vote later this month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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