Warren: Kavanaugh hearing reinforced decision to consider 2020 presidential bid
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing addressing a sexual assault charge against him spurred her to make an announcement over the weekend that she'd consider running for president

“It was every part of it,” Warren told the Independent Journal Review when asked about if his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee played a role in her stating she'd consider a 2020 White House bid. 

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The Massachusetts senator, who has long been considered a potential 2020 contender, added that “after a day like last Thursday, where 11 powerful men were trying to figure out how to help another powerful man get an even more powerful position without even listening to the claims — the quite credible claims — that have been raised against him, it made me just feel like, come on, time’s up." 

Her comments came just days after she said at a town hall that she would take a hard look at running for president following November's midterm elections. 

“After November 6, I will take a hard look at running for president,” she told a crowd in Holyoke, Mass.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE responded to Warren's potential presidential ambitions on Monday at a rally in Tennessee. 

"Elizabeth Warren. She said she’s considering a run for the presidency. Please, please run,” Trump said.

Warren took a shot back at the president on Tuesday, telling the Journal Review, “Donald Trump is taking this country in the wrong direction, and working families have taken one punch to the gut after another.”

Trump also railed against other potential Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Here's what the Dem candidates for president said about the Mueller report MORE (D-N.J.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Lessons from the 1999 U.S. military intervention in Kosovo Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll MORE

Last Thursday, Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Ford's accusations that he sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980's. 

Kavanaugh has fiercely denied the accusation. He's also denied sexual misconduct claims from two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick. 

After calls from GOP senators such as Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (R-Ariz.) to look into the matter, Trump approved an FBI investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh. 

The New York Times noted on Monday that the White House gave authorization to the FBI to interview anyone thought to be appropriate in its investigation of Kavanaugh.

A Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed until Friday to allow time for the FBI to conduct its investigation.