His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has also been invited to testify. Her lawyers said Tuesday night that Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claim first before any Senate hearing. She was terrified, she said, that she would be in trouble if her parents realized she had been at a party where teenagers were drinking, and she anxious they might figure it out even if she did not tell them'.
Mr Grassley's letter states that Prof Ford has until Friday morning to provide the committee with her prepared testimony and biography if she plans to testify next Monday.
If support for his nomination remains this weak, Trump's pick would rank among the lowest-supported Supreme Court nominees to later be confirmed, according to historical data from Gallup.
"Look, if she shows up and makes a credible showing that'll be very interesting", Trump told reporters as he left the White House to survey flood damage in North Carolina.
"If she shows up, that would be wonderful".
Finally, refer to Christine Blasey Ford by her name.
'I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford's letter, ' added Judge, who wrote a book about his high school days describing heavy partying, drinking, and teenage sex. Grassley said he was disturbed to learn of the threats.
But he also dismissed the idea that the FBI should investigate the incident, something Blasey Ford had called for before she testifies. She is a moderate Republican whose vote could be crucial to Kavanaugh's chances for Senate confirmation.
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The battle for confirmation comes just weeks before congressional elections on 6 November. He has otherwise been successful at appointing more conservatives to the high court and the broader federal judiciary.
Ford is the Palo Alto University psychology professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s when both were in high school. "In some ways, she's a professional truth teller".
"The Department of Justice and the FBI conduct background investigations in accordance with a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by then-Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., and then-White House Counsel Robert F. Bauer in March 2010". But he said the accusation that surfaced at the tail end of the Supreme Court confirmation process was "hurting somebody's life".
"I believe that the FBI... should be compelled to do its job in terms of completing their background investigation and that's not being done".
Committee Republicans have planned for only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify, but Democrats want other witnesses, too. "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination", he said.
"What about other witnesses like Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge?" "Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online", Katz and Banks said in their letter.
Separately, a former classmate of Kavanaugh denied attending the party where the assault allegedly occurred.
While Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, has been criticized for how she's handled the allegations, she also expressed disappointment in Republicans and the Trump administration for "failing to take even the most basic steps to investigate this matter".
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed a growing number of Americans opposing Kavanaugh's nomination.