It was thought that Ford had stated through her attorney Debra Katz that she was willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations, but the conditions have changed. As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home. Flake wavered when Ford requested an FBI investigation of her claims before appearing in front of Congress. Democrats support an FBI investigation of the claims, and Anita Hill wrote an op-ed saying such a step would be necessary to ensure Ford gets a fair hearing.
Beyond the Senate, Republicans are bracing for the impact of Monday's scheduled hearing and the political consequences of an unpredictable and likely emotional session that could expand a Senate matter into a defining moment for the party, especially if Grassley or other Republican men aggressively question Ford about her personal life and the alleged assault.
Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland, an allegation Kavanaugh has called "completely false".
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said at the event: "Someone who is lying does not ask the FBI to investigate their claims".
Republican panel member Lindsey Graham said on Twitter that requiring an FBI investigation of a 36-year-old allegation "is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections". Days ago, The Washington Post published a graphic account of the assault.
Instead she has sought to have the FBI investigate the incident as part of its official background check on the nominee.
"Dr. Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested", Katz wrote.
The Monday date "is not possible and the committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event", Blasey Ford's lawyers said.
The FBI has already conducted a background check on Kavanaugh and added Ford's letter to Kavanaugh's file.
Gillibrand says it's "bullying" for Republicans to say Ford must show up Monday or not at all.
Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told Democrats on the committee on Wednesday that he had no further patience for delays in Kavanaugh's confirmation process. Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened'.
President Trump said Wednesday that her performance in that hearing could determine whether he stands by his embattled nominee.
Trump did say, however, that it would be "very interesting" if Ford "shows up and makes a credible showing". And given Republicans' Senate majority - and the unity emerging behind Kavanaugh - that meant he was nearly certainly going to be confirmed to the Court.
Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.