With Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, offering to interview Judge Brett Kavanaugh's accuser at a place of her choosing, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, issued a plea for Christine Blasey Ford to reconsider sharing her story to the committee.
"I hope that Dr. Ford will reconsider and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday," Collins tweeted Wednesday. "It is my understanding that the Committee has offered to hold either a public or a private session, whichever would make her more comfortable."
In a letter to Ford's lawyers, who has rejected her testifying before the committee unless the FBI completed an investigation into the matter, Sen. Grassley wrote "staff offered Dr. Ford multiple dates as well as a choice of providing information in a public or private setting."
The full letter, according to Grassley's press release, read:
"Nobody should be subject to threats and intimidation, and Dr. Ford is no exception. These are serious allegations and Dr. Ford deserves to be heard.
"Immediately after learning of Dr. Ford's identity from news reports Sunday, committee staff started working to gather facts related to her claims. We've offered Dr. Ford the opportunity to share her story with the committee, as her attorney said [Monday] she was willing to do. We offered her a public or a private hearing as well as staff-led interviews, whichever makes her most comfortable. The invitation for Monday still stands.
"Dr. Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay."
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