Christine Blasey Ford, the woman whose accusation of sexual assault 36 years ago threatens to derail US President Donald Trump's conservative Supreme Court nominee, is now willing to testify in a showdown at the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Donald Trump has questioned the credibility of the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, saying she would have reported the attack to police at the time if the attack "was as bad as she says".
But supporters of both Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford have also been vocal. At a press conference Tuesday, Trump said Kavanaugh was "not a man that deserves this", and that "I feel terribly for him, for his wife, who is an incredibly, lovely woman, handsome young daughters".
It remained unclear, though, whether Ms Ford would attend or if the hearing would occur without her.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party in 1982 when he was 17 years old and she was 15.
A scheduled Thursday vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed in order for members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear directly from Ford.
Debra Katz, Ford's lawyer, relayed the response to top staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, seeking to negotiate the conditions under which Ford would be prepared to testify later next week.
Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the claim.
Ford told The Washington Post she told no one at the time what had happened to her, and was terrified of punishment from her parents if they realized she had been at a party where underage drinking was happening.
The Senate GOP reportedly has a counteroffer for Christine Blasey Ford's attorneys, who now have until the end of the day on Friday to finalize the terms for her testimony, according to a report from Politico.
The Senate panel must approve Kavanaugh's confirmation before a vote by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority.
"I was appalled by the president's tweet", she said in comments broadcast by CNN. He says he is willing to appear before the committee Monday to deny the allegations lodged against him. But, she said overall the White House has "played it smart", targeting Democrats instead of the accuser herself.
Specifically, Collins told a ME radio station that she believes in the Senate's responsibility to vet nominees for high offices like the Supreme Court position for which Kavanaugh has been nominated.
Katz reiterated that Ford, now a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.
Ford shut down the theory Thursday, saying that she socialized with both Kavanaugh and the other student and would never mix them up.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 4, 2018.
Speaking to Fox News anchor Sean Hannity prior to the rally, Trump addressed the Democrats' demand for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the Kavanaugh accusations, questioning why the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not notified "36 years ago" when the incident allegedly occurred. But Bozell also said that Ford's "interpretation might be a lot different than what happened". Be sure to let us know in the comments section, below.
In the call later Thursday, Katz asked the committee to subpoena Mark Judge, whom Ford has named as the other teen in the room at the time.
"Chairman Grassley's staff had a call with Dr. Ford's attorneys today to discuss receiving her testimony in the Judiciary Committee, and will consult with his colleagues on the committee".
"Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims", she said.
Republican leaders are offering Ms Ford a chance to describe her allegation, either in a hearing room before television cameras or in private.