Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate judiciary committee. And in recognition of how hard it can be to discuss allegations of this kind in public, I have also offered her the choice of testifying in either a public or closed session of the hearing.
She said it's "shocking but not surprising" that President Trump does not believe that the FBI should investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.
Nirono says there should be a full FBI investigation before Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford testify.
President Trump on Friday pointedly questioned the credibility of the woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, contending she would have reported the attack to law enforcement at the time if it were as bad as she has said.
"We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford's wishes and delay this hearing", Feinstein said.
He said senators hearing Ford's accusations, if she testifies, "will open it up and they will do a very good job" considering Ford's allegations and Kavanaugh's denial.
"I think now during this time period where very powerful men are being exposed for their actions from the past, I think the judiciary committee missed an opportunity to straight off kick him off and find someone else", he said. And I would surely hope she'd come Monday.
"Let's create a fund to cover her security expenses, to do just a bit to make it easier for women in her position to come forward despite great risks", Feldman said before deciding to pause the fundraiser until she learns more about Blasey's security needs.
Kavanaugh has denied the sexual assault allegation.
"You're raising legitimate questions that are still on our mind", Grassley said, "and so these details are still being worked out".
Then, late Tuesday, the 51-year-old research psychologist changed her tune, saying she doesn't want to testify until the Federal Bureau of Investigation looks into her claims.
The committee announced yesterday it would postpone its planned vote on Thursday on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination, which requires Senate confirmation, and scheduled the high-stakes hearing with the nominee and his accuser to testify. Days later, Ford gave a detailed interview to The Washington Post about her encounter with Kavanaugh.
In light of these allegations, the senate's vote on Kavanaugh has been delayed.