"We would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and Ranking Member Feinstein to discuss reasonable steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate while also taking care of her own health and security", the letter from Ford's lawyers said.
Kavanaugh has stringently denied the allegation. She also has questioned the speed of the hearing and the fact that there will be only two witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford.
The Iowa senator added that he hopes Ford would come to the hearing on Monday. Kavanaugh has denied her allegation and is expected to testify. She told The Washington Post that Mark Judge. a friend of Kavanaugh, watched and laughed as Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and held his hand over her mouth so she couldn't scream.
Republicans could avoid the uncomfortable questioning by hiring outside counsel to do it.
"It's impossible to take this process seriously", Feinstein said. "We're ready to hear anything she has to say".
Mr Trump said the judge "is not a man that deserves this".
President Donald Trump, during a news conference with the president of Poland, expressed support and empathy for Kavanaugh, and offered no comparable gesture toward Ford.
She said that since going public with her allegation in the Washington Post on Sunday, Prof Ford has been trying to work out where her family are going to sleep at night.
Republicans control the Senate by only a narrow margin, meaning any defections within the party could sink the nomination and deal a major setback to Trump.
Thomas, the court's second black justice, was ultimately confirmed, but only after a nasty televised hearing in which Hill faced pointed questions from Republican senators and the nominee said he was the victim of "a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks".
The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser will do next Monday, had far-reaching implications for American politics and society's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment in the workplace. "I'm not concerned about tanking the nomination", he said.
"This is mainly an opportunity to accommodate her".
Democrats are demanding that the FBI be given time to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh so it can check the assertions of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh of assault.
The reason so many people suspect that this could be a Hail Mary political pass to sink a Trump nominee is because Dianne Feinstein has behaved as if it is just that.
Democrats were quick to back her call for a delay.
24 in which both Kavanaugh and Ford are invited to testify. Dr. Ford's life has already been badly disrupted by death threats and other intimidation.
Schumer said Democrats want more than two witnesses, including Mark Judge.
Grassley said Judge has not been asked to testify.
"The White House is walking a tightrope", said evangelist Robert Jeffress, a close confidante of Trump.
The FBI has not commented on Trump's contention that the agency does not want to get involved. "It can be closed, whatever Ms. Ford wants", said Sen.
"There is no discussion of a Plan B" should Kavanaugh's nomination fail, according to an individual familiar with the nomination process but not authorized to speak publicly.
Meanwhile, "Veep" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus and 200 other graduates of nearby Holton Arms School, an all-girls high school, have signed an open letter in support of Blasey Ford, a fellow alumna of the school. And then obviously it's up to the Senate to decide who they believe and what they believe.