Republicans are under a tight timeline to get Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the midterm elections, after which they could risk losing their chance forever.
Collins added Wednesday that she'd received a "quite positive" response from Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) regarding that proposal. And honestly, Whitehouse is the first Senator that I've heard who seriously admitted that this would be something that they would do - told that Democrats in general are waiting to see what will happen over the coming days.
The protesters chanted, in part: "We believe Christine Ford!" They were charged with violating the Washington, D.C., law that makes it illegal to obstruct the entrances and passageways of public buildings.
Donald Trump has said it would be "very hard" to imagine anything happened between his supreme court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused him of sexual assault decades ago.
Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.
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.
As the New York Times reported on Thursday, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have "decided to hire an outside counsel to lead their questioning" of Ford in an apparent effort to "avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning" her account.
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She continues to believe that a full non-partisan investigation of this matter is needed and she is willing to cooperate with the Committee.
The email also makes notes of "death threats" and Ford an her family being "forced out of their home", and implied her "safety" was one of the conditions for her appearing in on Capitol Hill. Ford "would be prepared to testify next week", but only on "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety".
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. It was not immediately clear how Republicans would respond to Ford's request to testify later in the week. But that wording fell short of a non-negotiable demand. They say she can testify in a private session if she wishes.
Ford revealed her identity on Sunday in a Washington Post interview.
Katz asked committee aides for a telephone conversation later Thursday to discuss terms.
Kavanaugh has adamantly denied that he attacked Ford or any other woman, including over his long career in Washington as a White House aide and for the last 12 years as an appellate court judge, one level below the Supreme Court.
Ford now says that she does not plan to testify until the FBI investigates her allegations.