Christine Blasey Ford's decision followed days of negotiations and came after Trump turned against her and said her accusation could not be true.
Note: Senator Grassley and the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans have gone out of their way to make the process as painless as possible for Ms Ford and they have been blown off at every turn by her lawyers.
"We should take the time to get [this] right", he said.
Late Tuesday, Lisa Banks and lawyer Democrat activist lawyer Debra Katz said Ms. Ford wants the FBI to investigate her claims before she appears at a Senate hearing. During that interview, I twice requested a Committee hearing for the following day, Tuesday, September 18.
The committee's Republican leadership turned down those demands. Some critics have posted allegations against Ford on the internet that have been debunked.
"TAKE THE VOTE!" Trump tweeted, blaming "radical left wing politicians" for the controversy.
"The committee's stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only 2 witnesses the accuser and the accused is not a fair or good faith investigation", Ms. Banks said in a statement. Democrats have said there is no need to rush and that the allegations should be fully considered.
Senator Grassley sent a letter strong to committee Democrats Wednesday again rejecting their calls to delay the hearing or seek an FBI investigation.
"We know that allegations of sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes that exist", Collins said.
Ford told the Post she went public with her claims because she felt her "civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation" after the basic outlines of the story emerged in the media.
Protesters opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, are arrested outside the office of Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 20, 2018.
The president has indicated he wants Ford to testify, saying, "I really want to see her, to see what she has to say".
Republicans are frustrated over what they say was the deliberate timing of the last-minute revelation of Ford's allegation, accusing Democrats of seeking to prevent the process from finishing before the midterm elections in a few weeks.
Republican lawmakers are trying to win Senate confirmation for Kavanaugh ahead of the court's start of a new term on October 1 or, if not by then, ahead of the November 6 nationwide congressional elections, to show Republican voters they have made good on campaign promises to place conservative judges like Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.