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"As you are aware, she's been receiving death threats which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and she and her family have been forced out of their home", Katz wrote to the committee. Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would not appear before the Senate until after the FBI investigates the allegations. Former FBI special agent and current CNN analyst Asha Rangappa said that she was told background checks for "presidential appointees only go back 10 years or back to age 18". The Democratic party is nearly universally calling for an FBI investigation that it knows full well is not going to happen, and should not happen, and using its absence as a reason for the hearing to be delayed.

Katz had signaled that Ford would be willing to testify on the same date, but later said that the FBI should complete an investigation into the allegations before Ford is willing to testify.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a party in high school when Kavanaugh attended the elite all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School outside of Washington, D.C. Ford detailed, in an account to the Washington Post, that she was 15 at the time and attended the all-girls school, Holton-Arms.

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to Sen.

"I have reopened the hearing because I believe that anyone who comes forward with allegations of sexual assault has a right to be heard, and because it is the Committee's responsibility to fully evaluate the fitness of a nominee to the Supreme Court", the Iowa Republican wrote. They also mentioned having only one camera in the room, and said Ford is opposed to being questioned by outside counsel.

"As an organization of women, IWF takes seriously any and all allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse", the group said in a statement. Ford and Democrats want the FBI to investigate her allegations Kavanaugh assaulted her three decades ago, but Republicans are refusing.

Lisa Banks, a Ford attorney, wrote that Grassley's plan to call just two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford, "is not a fair or good faith investigation" and said "multiple witnesses" she did not name should be included.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer responded to Republican calls for Ford to testify to the Senate about her claims that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago. The Gateway Pundit's story - which falsely claimed "Judge Kavanaugh's mother foreclosed on Christine Blasey Ford's parents' home" - was shared on social media pages with a combined following of more than 3 million, according to data from CrowdTangle. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans on the panel, said after the call that Grassley "will consult with his colleagues on the committee".

Democrats have demanded a delay in the hearing to allow time for the FBI to investigate Ford's claim.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted that it was "imperative" to move forward on the Kavanaugh vote.

It wasn't clear whether Ford was willing to testify in public, in private or in some other form.

"We won't know if we don't try", she said.

"In this situation, you may see women angry, that they are being used, that they are being scapegoated, that they are being pulled into a political process, that they want no part of it", said Mr. Luntz.