Grassley also said that Ford has to submit any testimony and her biography to the committee by Friday morning if she plans to testify.
Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her, has denied a viral rumor that suggested she could have "mistakenly" identified Kavanaugh for another high school classmate.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has been seen as a key GOP swing vote on Kavanaugh, because of her support for abortion rights.
- Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono and Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday heavily criticized GOP senators' handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and asserted that the incident, as well as death threats against the woman making the accusation, should be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump says no Federal Bureau of Investigation probe needed on Supreme Court pick
Interested in Donald Trump? Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which sit some of the same members today . According to Ms Blasey Ford's lawyer, she will not appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after law professor Anita Hill raised allegations of sexual harassment against Judge Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Also on Thursday, Alaska Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott announced they oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation, creating pressure on the state's Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a moderate who hasn't announced how she will vote. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", Trump added, calling the situation "very unfair" to his nominee. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.
Ford's lawyers repeated their call for the matter to be dealt with in a rigorous investigation, not what Democrats describe as a rushed hearing in the Republican-dominated Senate aimed at confirming Kavanaugh as quickly as possible.
She spoke with staff for the Judiciary Committee's chair and ranking member and laid out their requests in order for Ford to testify next week, including that Kavanaugh not be in the same room. Republicans have addressed the allegation by setting a tentative hearing on Monday featuring testimony from Ford and the Supreme Court nominee. Holton Arms is the Maryland all-girls school that Christine Blasey Ford attended in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. Only if the White House "demands it" will the FBI investigate the claim, Carlson said. Ford's lawyers said in a letter to Grassley on Tuesday she had faced "vicious harassment and even death threats" since coming forward on Sunday.
This is in keeping with what Carlson said - that it's on the White House to request the FBI investigation in this case. Dr Ford told The Post that she was able to escape after Judge jumped on them, "sending all three tumbling". Although they have yet to hire someone to fill the role, the Republicans have been eager to avoid the image of 11 male senators questioning Ford about her account.