President Donald Trump deviated from his previously measured comments about the woman who has accused his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when he questioned Thursday why the woman didn't call the police 36 years ago, when she says the incident happened. At first, she said she would not testify until the FBI had investigated, but then said Thursday through her attorney that she would agree to appear, but not when the Senate Judiciary Committee meets Monday.
Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the committee she can not appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, calling the date Republicans set "arbitrary", according to The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Are Senate Democrats really interested in learning the truth about the high-school sex-assault accusation against Brett Kavanaugh? Ford's initial letter to California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo requested she remain anonymous. Kavanaugh then allegedly locked the door, put on loud music to muffle any sounds, and reportedly attempted to remove Ford's clothing.
According to CNN's Manu Raju and Gloria Borger, that's just one of the conditions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would like met, per her legal team, as she does not wish to be in the same room with Kavanaugh if she testifies.
The Republicans on the committee know they have to give her every opportunity to tell her story but they are adamant that this is not a matter for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that Democrats are using the case to simply stall the nomination process, our correspondent says.
Ford's lawyers say she has been subject to death threats as a result of her allegations against Kavanaugh.
In the new email, Katz said Ford's "strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony".
He told the Hill.TV in an interview published Wednesday that the Democrats' attack on Kavanaugh "is no different than the Russian witch hunt" - a reference to the investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Moscow.More news: Maroon 5 to headline Super Bowl Halftime
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"Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it", the Supreme Court nominee wrote. "Fairness and respect dictate that she should have time to deal with this".
A handful of pivotal senators have yet to disclose how they will ultimately vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, including Republican Sens.
Thursday's development came on the eve of a Republican-set deadline for Prof Ford to decide whether she would give evidence. Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, for example, said in March that he believed it would turn out voters and help them turn back a potential midterm loss.
Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 6, 2018.
Kavanaugh has had a relatively smooth confirmation track until the allegations against him were reported last week.
Trump had previously stayed above the political fight and heated rhetoric that have surfaced after Ford came forward in a Sunday story in The Washington Post.
The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home".
Both have called on Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford to testify under oath.