Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, indicated she would be willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee provided certain conditions are met, The New York Times reports.
In an email sent by her lawyers, Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee she “would be prepared to testify next week,” as long as lawmakers offer “terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”
“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,” the email read.
Ford also said that testifying on Monday, as committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) had scheduled, “is not possible and the committee’s insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event.”
On Wednesday, Grassley said the hearing will move forward.
"And we're not going to cancel any hearing until the last minute. I don't know what the last minute is," he said.
But later, Grassley sent a letter to Blasey Ford setting a Friday deadline for her to respond to the invitation to testify. Blasey Ford says Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party 35-years ago. Kavanaugh has completely denied the allegations.
The Times reports that while Blasey Ford's lawyer reiterated calls for an FBI investigation of the allegations before she testifies, the wording of the email stopped short of making it a demand.
The FBI has conducted six background checks on Kavanaugh over the years. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, Grassley said the Senate can't order another one.
Grassley writes that the US Senate has "no power to commandeer an executive branch agency into conducting our due diligence. The job of assessing and investigating a nominee's qualifications in order to decide whether to consent to the nomination is ours, and ours alone."
President Trump said he won't order another FBI investigation of Kavanaugh. "I can only say this: he is such an outstanding man; very hard for me to imagine that anything happened," the president said.
And critics say a witness like Blasey Ford doesn't have the right to demand an investigation before she testifies.
On the CBN News program the Global Lane, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said the Kavanaugh allegations parallel tactics used by the Left against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas back in 1991.
"This is the m-o, the modus operandi politically, the political strategy of the Left. When you can't get a guy on something else, smear him with some sexual impropriety because that is a very tough thing to disprove," he explained.
And Clarke said swamp politics can ruin reputations, just like they did with Clarence Thomas who called the tactics used against him a high tech lynching.
At his October 1991 hearing, Thomas said, "There is nothing this committee, this body, or this country can do to give me my good name back."