Katz emphasized that Ford, 51, a psychology professor in northern California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.
Ford's attorneys raised the possibility of subpoenaing several witnesses including Mark Judge, who she says egged Kavanaugh on during the assault.
"He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh", said Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Grassley.
This isn't the first time allegations have come up during a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Susan Collins of ME and Jeff Flake of Arizona - said that unless Ford testified Monday they would move on to Kavanagh's vote. The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims.
Amid the maneuvering, the nomination was roiled further late Thursday by incendiary tweets from a prominent Kavanaugh friend and supporter who publicly identified another high school classmate of Kavanaugh's as Ford's possible attacker.
A person familiar with the committee's phone call with Ford said she had told lawmakers she could testify by next Thursday.
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The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.
Ford wants to be questioned by senators, not a special counsel. The fact that Senator Feinstein apparently had this letter more than six weeks ago, never raised the issue in her interview with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, never brought the issue to the attention of other members of the judiciary committee, it's a great disservice to the process, and to the American people, and, of course, to Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family.
A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Kavanaugh and Judge have both denied Blasey's allegation.
However, they said that she is open to negotiating a new date - under strict conditions, given the increasingly nasty atmosphere around the case. It is unlikely that Republicans would allow a witness to dictate a subpoena of another witness.
"What is happening with the Judiciary Committee, really, I would call it a railroad job, " Senator Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii, said alongside Gillibrand on Thursday.
- Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono and Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday heavily criticized GOP senators' handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and asserted that the incident, as well as death threats against the woman making the accusation, should be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.