If Ford opts not to testify, Kavanaugh's chances for confirmation in the Republican-led Senate could be boosted, with senators in Trump's party so far remaining largely supportive.
Now, Ford's willingness to negotiate to appear later next week sets up the most dramatic and politically significant she-said-he-said since Anita Hill testified at the reopened Senate hearings on Justice Clarence Thomas' nomination to the court.
Ford went public with her accusation over the weekend in a Washington Post interview and said Monday through her lawyer that she was ready to testify. She called on the FBI to investigate the assault allegation "and all the threats she's undergoing".
Collins, who is not a member of the Judiciary Committee, contradicted Grassley, saying "if we need additional help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation we could ask for it-the committee could ask for it".
In their letter to Grassley, the Judiciary Committee chairman, Ford's lawyers have said that she is willing to "cooperate" with the panel. "A hearing on Monday is not possible, and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary", Ford attorney Debra Katz said in a statement.
"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the committee discovering the truth", Banks said.
Christine Blasey Ford came out publicly as the woman who made the allegations in a September 16 story in The Washington Post.
"But I can only say this: He's such an outstanding man - very hard for me to imagine that anything happened", Trump said. "If she doesn't show up, that would be unfortunate", Trump added, calling the situation "very unfair" to his nominee.
Moreno, Amy. "REPORT: Court Records Reveal a Sinister Connection Between Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh's Family". Hirono said the threats constitute being labeled as "intimidation of a witness". Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said she considered the Republican ultimatum of a Monday hearing to be "bullying".
The mostly female demonstrators wore pins reading: "I believe Christine Blasey Ford".
The Democrats, all of whom served as prosecutors or state attorneys general, noted that President George H.W. Bush asked the FBI to investigate after Hill raised allegations against Thomas.
A senior White House official said Kavanaugh and his wife also had received threats.
Some Republicans have suggested Ford's accusation against Kavanaugh could be a case of mistaken identity. John Cornyn said to the network.
"It's shenanigans", said Cordes, an independent who voted for President Donald Trump and lives in the suburbs south of Denver.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has been seen as a key GOP swing vote on Kavanaugh, because of her support for abortion rights.
Palo Alto University issued a statement supporting Ford.
No decisions have been made on if Ford's requests will be honored.
What did Dr Ford's lawyer say?And any responsible senator will weigh the information provided by Kavanaugh and Ford without regard to a predetermined partisan outcome.
Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, also included maps and floor plans of a house that he believed described the scene of Ford's alleged assault.
"Chrissy is not someone who chooses to be in the spotlight", the letter said.