"The Committee's stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation", said Lisa Banks, Ford's attorney. It said the telephone discussion ended with no decision.
Ford wants to be questioned by senators, not a special counsel. Former FBI special agent and current CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said that she was told background checks for "presidential appointees only go back 10 years or back to age 18". Flake wavered when Ford requested an FBI investigation of her claims before appearing in front of Congress. Democrats support an FBI investigation of the claims, and Anita Hill wrote an op-ed saying such a step would be necessary to ensure Ford gets a fair hearing. And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court.
Activists chant slogans during a protest outside the office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. A substantial delay could push confirmation past the November elections, when Democrats have a shot at winning Senate control, plus allow more time for unforeseen problems to crop up.
Blasey Ford has been reluctant to testify since she came forward on Sunday with her allegation, which threatened to derail the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the US Supreme Court. Susan Collins has suggested she will vote for Kavanaugh unless Ford testifies.
In negotiations with committee lawyers Thursday, Ford's attorneys said that she would be willing to testify as early as next Thursday-three days after the panel had hoped to hold a hearing-according to sources who spoke to NBC News.
A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailing the allegations.
However, they said that she is open to negotiating a new date - under strict conditions, given the increasingly nasty atmosphere around the case. "She needs to have the FBI investigate".
Republicans fear if Kavanaugh's nomination is delayed any further, it could be endangered by a possible Democratic sweep of the looming congressional midterm elections in seven weeks.
She doesn't want Kavanaugh to be in the room when she is. Rob Portman at his office in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, July 11, 2018. The Gateway Pundit's story - which falsely claimed "Judge Kavanaugh's mother foreclosed on Christine Blasey Ford's parents' home" - was shared on social media pages with a combined following of more than 3 million, according to data from CrowdTangle. Some critics have posted allegations against Ford on the internet that have been debunked.
Dr Ford, 51, told The Post that in 1982, Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge - now a filmmaker and author who has a past history of alcoholism - entered her bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland. His Republican party accuses the Democrats of using Ford as a last-minute spoiler to try and wreck Kavanaugh's path to the highest court, where he would tilt the bench firmly to the right for possibly years to come.
Responding on Twitter to Democratic criticism, the Republican-led Judiciary Committee defended Grassley's approach and described how its staff members have contacted four people alleged to have been present at the house where the alleged incident occurred.