Besides Kavanaugh, three people identified as having been at the 1982 party have told the committee they have no recollection of being there, including Judge, according to media reports. Through her lawyers she continues to refuse to testify, calling attempts to hear her side of the story under oath "bullying", and drawing out negotiations. If there's no response or a rejection of the offer, Grassley said, the committee may set a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Monday.
"There is no legitimate basis for you to continue blocking the FBI from investigating this important matter", the lawmakers said in a letter. "The White House sees this as not an acceptance".
Moreover, the West Wing aides who had urged Trump to remain muted in his response to the accusations anxious about how the president might react if she ended up partaking in an hourslong, televised hearing.
Late last night, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the committee.
The timing and terms of the hearing are still unclear, as negotiations are ongoing between Ford's attorneys and the Senate Judiciary Committee, but in a letter Ford's lawyers said they are "hopeful that we can reach agreement on details".
But who will be asking the questions remains unresolved, the lawyers said.
Patience among Republicans was running thin. The GOP is facing enormous pressure from its base of conservative leaders and voters to swiftly approve Kavanaugh, who would become the second of Trump's nominees to sit on the nation's highest court, ahead of the November 6 election. A spokesman for the committee, Taylor Foy, noted the denial of wrongdoing but said that Ventry had chose to step aside "to avoid causing any distraction from the work of the committee".
Vice President Mike Pence called the Supreme Court nominee "a man of integrity with impeccable credentials".
Republicans had hoped to push through a successful confirmation of the president's pick to join the Supreme Court before oral arguments begin on October 1.
The testimony will be a public hearing at 10:00 AM ET on Thursday.
Ford's lawyers asked for another day. In a tweet aimed at Kavanaugh shortly before midnight, Grassley said he was giving them additional time.
"She should decide so we can move on".
"Bring it forward, I will listen", Graham said.
"Brett Kavanaugh, and I'm not saying anything about anybody else, Brett Kavanaugh is one of the finest human beings you will ever have the privilege of knowing or meeting", Trump said. "It's not my normal approach to b indecisive", Grassley said. "Go ahead and ruin this guy's life based on an accusation?" This is something that she has carried with her just as so many victims do.
Kavanaugh has strongly denied the accusation as a "completely false allegation". He said on Twitter Saturday that he had joined her legal team.
The New Yorker notes that even the Trump White House "appears to have given up any hope of silencing Ford or dismissing her claims entirely".
"We were told no decision has been made on this important issue, even though various senators have been dismissive of her account and should have to shoulder their responsibility to ask her questions", the attorneys said.
The committee's Republican leadership turned down those demands.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News that Ford "will be treated fairly but we're not going to turn the hearing over to her lawyers".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to direct the FBI to investigate sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents", he added.
The Senate is made up of 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats - so any testimony she gives on the allegations could prove pivotal.
Katz has called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe the charges against Kavanaugh.
Keyser is the third individual to contradict Ford's claim they were present at the party where the alleged sexual assault occurred.