An attorney for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who claims that Kavanaugh pinned her down at a party in 1982, groped her and covered her mouth when she tried to scream, spoke with the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, according to two Senate aides. Panel chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have said Monday would be her chance to testify.
"As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been forced out of their home", Ford's lawyers said in a letter, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported.
Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.
Now, Ford's willingness to negotiate to appear later next week sets up the most dramatic and politically significant she-said-he-said since Anita Hill testified at the reopened Senate hearings on Justice Clarence Thomas' nomination to the court.
"I know what their staffs' qualifications are", Hill told PBS Newshour, referring to the judiciary committee.
Democratic senators, pointing to the highly charged Anita Hill hearings in October 1991, have defended Ford's request to have the Federal Bureau of Investigation do its own probe before she testifies. Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House on Thursday.
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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Ford says the investigation should happen before a Monday hearing at which she and Kavanaugh are invited to testify. Grassley writes that his panel "cannot commandeer an Executive Branch agency" and ask them to do more work.
Which would make Democrats very happy, even if - especially if - Kavanaugh is confirmed. These are the conditions she is asking for, according to the Senate aides.
Katz also said that senators should be the questioners, and not outside counsel. "She is going to be accountable to the American public for what she says". If they believe that Kavanaugh lied under oath in answers to written or oral questions related to any part of the confirmation process, they're entitled to vote no.
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. Kavanuagh has repeatedly denied the allegations.
On Thursday, most Republicans had stuck to the timeline of holding a hearing on Monday, as well as Grassley's decision to limit the hearing to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Ford.
While he said Ford should "have her say", he made clear he was done waiting: "I don't think you can delay it any longer".
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That being said, as President Trump has said over the last several days, with the allegations that have emerged, it's important that we give it time, that we hear from both sides, and we have every confidence that Senator Grassley and the Republicans in the Senate will handle these allegations properly.