"I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify", the panel's chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said in a statement. "She should decide so we can move on". I hope so. I'd like to believe in redemption.
As Breitbart News reported, the Senate Judiciary chairman turned down Ford's request that only senators, not attorneys, be allowed to ask questions. Ford lawyer Debra Katz requested another day to decide and said Grassley's deadline's "sole goal is to bully Dr. Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family". Less than seven weeks before elections in which Democrats could capture congressional control, moderate female voters will be pivotal in many races and the #MeToo movement has elevated the political potency of how women alleging abuse are treated.
In an earlier tweet, Grassley lamented over the complicated process.
"I have no doubt that, if the attack on 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", Mr Trump wrote.
Senator Chuck Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday that both Kavanaugh and accuser Ford had been invited for the hearing scheduled to take place on Monday.
Max Young, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said, "At approximately 2:30 Republicans sent her a proposal and gave her a 5 p.m. deadline".
President Donald Trump and GOP leaders are seeking to usher the 53-year-old Kavanaugh onto the high court by the October 1 start of its new session and before the November elections, when Democrats are mounting a robust drive to grab congressional control.
It brought blistering rejoinders from Democrats and a mix of silence and sighs of regret from his own party.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of ME, who hasn't declared support for Kavanaugh, called the remark "appalling".
The Supreme Court nominee has rejected as "completely false" the sexual assault allegation, saying he was ready to testify before a Senate committee to "defend my integrity".
But the gloves have come off, reflecting Trump's fear that his bid to tilt the Supreme Court to the right before Republicans risk losing Congress in November elections could be in doubt.
The judiciary panel's top Democrat expressed fury at Grassley's negotiating position with Ford and maintained Democrats' effort to build the battle into a larger election-year question about the treatment of women.More news: Several People Slashed, Including 3 Infants, At Day Care In Queens
The committee and the woman's lawyers have not yet agreed in negotiations over the terms of her appearance before the committee.
"He is entitled to hear the full, detailed testimony of Dr Ford before he testifies", the letter said.
Grassley rebuffed other Ford requests, including calling additional witnesses.
Trump rejected the credibility of Ford's claim that a drunken Kavanaugh tried to pin her down and remove her clothes, muffling her cries, in the early 1980s.
Ford also requested that at no point during any potential hearing would she be in the same room as Kavanaugh.
Ford's lawyers said Thursday night that Ford wouldn't be able to get to Washington before next Thursday because of all that her family is dealing with, according to a Senate Democratic leadership aide. Kavanaugh denies it. Ford's attorneys have also asked that the FBI investigate.
"Senate Democrats rightly said that the Senate should not bully Dr. Ford ... the way to depoliticize that and ensure that is with an outside counsel", they said.
For Kavanaugh, Friday was the latest in a string of tumultuous days.
"You watched the fight, you watched the tactics, but here is what I want to tell you - in the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court", McConnell told the Value Voters Summit, drawing a standing ovation.
Trump's tweet infuriated many who've long argued that women are frequently overwhelmed, confused and ashamed by sexual attacks and keep silent or even bury the memory without confiding with anyone.
Also, the government's Bureau of Justice Statistics says a majority of rapes and sexual assaults are not reported to police. Ford has stated she never mentioned the alleged incident to anyone until 2012, when she revealed it during a marriage counseling session with her husband.