The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual harassment, released a statement saying the Senate Judiciary Committee's desire to hold a hearing on Monday is "contrary to the Committee discovering the truth".
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 New York Times.
It was thought that Ford had stated through her attorney Debra Katz that she was willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations, but the conditions have changed.
"As you are aware, she has 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".
Republicans are rejecting Ford's call for an FBI investigation, putting the onus back on her to decide whether she'll testify anyway.
Grassley resolved these competing concerns by scheduling the hearing for Monday, bending over backwards to accommodate Ford on the manner in which she can present her evidence, and giving her a Friday deadline for making her decision.
Ford told the Washington Post on Sunday that an intoxicated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party when they were in high school and put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to call for help.
President Trump's son (left) disseminated an image of a make-believe note from a young boy to a young girl, asking her to be his girlfriend, and attributing it to Kavanaugh; at the time Sen.
Trump has repeatedly said that he is open to delaying the confirmation process, but has continued to praise Kavanaugh as an "outstanding" person and to accuse Democrats of playing politics with his nomination. She has so far refused, saying she would testify only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.
Katz added in her communication to the committee Thursday: "Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested".
The FBI has conducted six background checks on Kavanaugh over the years.
The mostly female demonstrators wore pins reading: "I believe Christine Blasey Ford". McConnell responded affirmatively when asked if he had confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed, telling CNN, "Oh yeah". Two others have said they have no recollection of any incident like the one described by Ford.
The Missouri Democrat is facing Republican Josh Hawley, Missouri attorney general, in a competitive race in November, and has faced significant pressure for weeks regarding her vote on the Kavanaugh confirmation, especially due to the fact that she represents a state won by Donald Trump by almost 20 percentage points in 2016.
In it, Ford recalls, she feared Kavanaugh "might inadvertently kill me".
Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, who faces a tough reelection battle in Missouri, which Trump won in the 2016 presidential election, said on Twitter on Wednesday that she would vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation because of "his positions on several key issues, most importantly the avalanche of dark, anonymous money that is crushing our democracy".