"She should decide so we can move on". 'I want to hear her'.
Grassley had said earlier that the panel would hold a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Monday unless a deal was reached with Ford's lawyers by Friday night's deadline.
The email was a sharp turnabout from statements by Ford and her lawyers in the past few days, in which her insistence on an FBI investigation of her allegations and other demands had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear. Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa) speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting on Capitol Hill, on September 13, 2018, in Washington.
Kavanaugh had seemed to gain momentum among Republican senators this past week, with growing numbers saying it was approaching time to vote and those who had voiced concern about Ford's charges stopping short of expressing opposition to Kavanaugh.
He speculated Friday on Twitter that if the attack "was as bad as she says" she or her parents would immediately have filed charges. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!...
To those who use Kavanaugh's age at the time of the alleged assault as a defense, Mooney wrote, "Can you grow out of being rapey?" Kavanaugh denies it. Ford's attorneys have also asked that the FBI investigate.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who hasn't declared support for Kavanaugh, called the remark "appalling". Regardless of what the facts of this case prove to be, we know that the crime of sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in our country. "So I thought that the president's tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong". They know they must tread carefully at any hearing - especially because all 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are men, which is one reason they were seeking an outside lawyer, preferably a woman, to do the questioning. Before the 2016 presidential election, more than a dozen women accused Trump of making unwanted advances. She said she was able to escape, but the Washington Post reported that she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a "rape attempt".
Following the president's controversial comments, the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport began trending on Twitter, with thousands sharing personal stories of sexual harassment and assault. "He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh".
Grassley turned down Ford's request that only senators, not attorneys, be allowed to ask questions.
She said she doesn't think the FBI should investigate, pointing out that Kavanaugh has already undergone Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks six times for successive appointments.
The congressional showdown taking shape between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexual assault is a battle of optics as much as truth, and it comes at the height of campaign season. "This strikes us as simply a check-the-box exercise in a rush to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".
Ford missed a 10 a.m. deadline this morning to submit her prepared testimony and biography to the Senate Judiciary Committee for a Monday hearing.
In recent weeks, Collins has grown to be the most prominently watched among a group of five senators - two Republicans and three Democrats - who are all officially undecided and are expected to decide whether Trump's nominee will be confirmed in a senate where Republicans only hold a 51-49 majority.