Lawyers for the woman who is accusing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than 30 years ago says she wants the FBI to investigate her allegation before she testifies publicly.
Now, the woman who has accused supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has been forced out of her home by threats and harassment, her lawyers say.
"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity", he said in the statement.
In a letter Collins sent to the chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, she thanked them for inviting Ford to testify because the psychology professor's allegations are "serious".
Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, a witness Blasey named, have denied the accusation.
Now, Ford and her attorney Debra Katz are asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow the FBI to investigate her allegations before she goes in front of the Senate to testify.
Trump told reporters, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved, if they wanted to be I would certainly do that". We offered her a public or a private hearing as well as staff-led interviews, whichever makes her most comfortable.
But Trump said he supported the additional Judiciary Committee hearing, saying "there shouldn't even be a little doubt", about Kavanaugh's nomination. Ford claimed to The Washington Post that she ultimately got away despite Kavanaugh and another boy turning the music up and covered her mouth so no one could hear her cries.
"We will not sit by and let Republicans use this hearing to attack, undermine and shame Ford", declared UltraViolet executive director Shaunna Thomas. We want a person who has erred in his life, who has not "turned the other cheek" as he is now doing, who is not afraid to embrace his flaws, mistakes, and weaknesses because it is this kind of person whom we can trust to make the hard decisions and who will truly value human life and liberties. The FBI investigated the sexual harassment claims Anita Hill leveled against Justice Clarence Thomas during his confirmation process in 1991.
They are also unlikely to agree on an alternative date and the hearing could still go ahead without Mrs Ford. One of those Republicans, Arizona senator Jeff Flake, tweeted Tuesday night: "When Dr. Ford came forward, I said that her voice should be heard and asked the Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh".
President Trump also defended Brett Kavanaugh, describing him as a "great gentleman".
The confirmation fight comes just weeks before November congressional elections in which Democrats seek to win control of Congress from Mr Trump's fellow Republicans. During Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation, the George H.W. Bush White House asked the FBI to investigate claims of sexual harassment made by Anita Hill.
Republicans are seeking to ensure Kavanaugh receives Senate approval this month, before the Supreme Court resumes deliberations October 1. Some Republican lawmakers have told the press that if Ford fails to show up, they will move to proceed with Kavanaugh's nomination.
The FBI did not immediately respond to questions Wednesday about whether the agency would investigate if the Judiciary Committee asked for a further query. But Senate Republicans have signaled that if Ford wants to testify, she'd have to do it next week, not after the lengthy delay an FBI investigation would cause.
"Senator Hatch spoke to Judge Kavanaugh earlier, and Judge Kavanaugh continued to categorically deny Dr. Ford's allegations". That this courageous woman is receiving death threats and has been forced to flee with her family is appalling and heartbreaking.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she said in an interview with the Washington Post.