Trump says he wants a "full process" to investigate the allegations.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusation. He has questioned why women wait so long to come forward if they are telling the truth.
Mr. Grassley also said staffers attempted to reach Ms. Blasey Ford several times over the past few days, but haven't heard back from her about whether she will accept the invitation to testify. "I think he's very much on track".
"Such an approach would provide more continuity, elicit the most information, and allow for an in-depth examination of the allegations", she said.
Vulnerable Republican House incumbents have largely avoided the issue, which flared Monday in northern Virginia's suburbs, where GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock is fighting for her political survival. Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R) of Iowa, said Monday that he will "continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented, and respectful manner".
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", she told The Washington Post on Sunday.
Katz said her clilent is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee before its vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, which is scheduled for Thursday.
Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party 36 years ago when they both were teenagers in Maryland.
He added that he has "no memory of this alleged incident" and that he does not "wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford's letter". At the time, Kavanaugh was a student at the all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School-and, according to Ford, was aided in the assault by his classmate Mark Judge.
Democrats say they want the FBI to investigate Ford's claims. "Many of us are survivors ourselves", wrote the Holton alumnae in their support of Ford.
Republicans have blasted Democrats for the way in which the accusation came out - at the 11th hour, while for six weeks, the senior Democrat on the committee, Sen. They have asked that the FBI conduct an investigation, a request that Republicans have rebuffed.
Bob Corker also believes Kavanaugh's accuser should be heard out before the Judiciary Committee votes on his nomination, the Tennessee senator's spokesperson, Micah Johnson, said in a statement to CNN.
"Today - especially now, after last year's revelations about what women were experiencing in the workplace in 2017 - it seems to me that's just another wakeup call", Hill said in her first interview since another Supreme Court nominee was accused of sexual misconduct.
The allegation has drawn comparisons to the painful 1991 public testimony of Anita Hill, who accused then supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
On Monday, the FBI explained that it had been made aware of the allegation against Kavanaugh, but said it had not taken action because it did not involve "any potential federal crime".
Some Democrats raised questions about whether Grassley's planned hearings were sufficient.
If the judiciary committee's timetable slips, it would become increasingly hard for Republicans to schedule a vote before midterm elections on November 6, when congressional control will be at stake. Four of the 10 Democrats are women.
"There's a difference between making a mistake and having it be your character", says Cleta Mitchell, a Republican election attorney based in Washington, D.C., and a supporter of Kavanaugh.
Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer had suggested on the Senate floor that the panel's Democrats might try to call Judge as a minority witness if the Republican majority were to decline.
Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump.