Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is welcomed by protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, as they demonstrate in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Grassley has instead scheduled a hearing for Monday for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify about the alleged incident. I will be there. Kavanaugh has said that he is also willing to testify again in front of the committee.
"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety", Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times.
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.
Later on Wednesday, Grassley wrote to the senior Democrat on the committee, Dianne Feinstein, requesting she immediately provide an unredacted copy of the letter Ford sent her in July about the assault allegation, saying he must review it before Monday's hearing.
"You have stated repeatedly that Dr Ford wants to tell her story".
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".
The disturbing accusations threw a wrench into Kavanaugh's confirmation to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, which initially appeared to be a slam dunk for Republicans.
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The confirmation fight has unfolded ahead of November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are seeking to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans.
Around the time of Moore's defense, a viral post by a former student at Georgetown Prep-where both Kavanaugh and Ford attended-blasted Mark Judge, the friend Ford says was present during the alleged incident, calling him out for smearing victims of child abuse.
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.
He has categorically denied her allegations, which suddenly put Kavanaugh's nomination on hold, as lawmakers seek answers.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) suggested that, if Ford does not testify, the committee should move forward with Kavanaugh's nomination, and key moderate senators are beginning to say the same.
He called the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh "a drive-by shooting".
Bozell said she wanted to see Ford testify on Capitol Hill and that if she won't do so voluntarily, she should be subpoenaed. But Republicans have not budged from their view that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not need to intervene, or from their plan to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford on Monday.
"Otherwise, there are these very serious allegations hanging over the head of a nominee who has emphatically denied them", she said on radio WVOM in Bangor.