White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that President Trump supports the idea of letting the Senate hear testimony from the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored," Conway told Fox News.
Conway said she believes the Senate Judiciary Committee appears to be taking a "reasonable" approach to the last-minute hurdle to Kavanaugh's nomination, by trying to arrange for Christine Blassey Ford to tell her story to committee members. She said committee members should also be able to hear from Kavanaugh again on the same issue.
"Let me make very clear: I've spoken with the president, I've spoken with Sen. [Lindsey] Graham and others," Conway said. "This woman will be heard. She's going to ... I think the Senate Judiciary Committee will decide how and through which forum."
Over the weekend, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was trying to arrange phone calls between staff members and Ford, who allowed her name to become public in a Washington Post story.
It's unclear, however, if that will be enough to satisfy senators, and whether a new public hearing will be needed.
Conway also said that while Ford should be heard, Kavanaugh's confirmation schedule should not be disrupted. Republicans on the committee are still hoping to confirm him on Thursday.