The email says that while Ford is prepared to testify next week, "Monday is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event".
Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley on Wednesday had given Ford, a California college professor, a deadline of Friday at 10am to commit to Monday's hearing. "Before nominating an individual to a judicial or executive office, the White House directs the FBI to conduct a background investigation", he said.
The lawyers called details of Grassley's proposal "fundamentally inconsistent with the committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations" but said they hoped to reach an agreement anyway.
"I'm not sure which is in play", Hill said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh.
Judge Kavanaugh has issued a fresh rebuttal of the allegation.
"As a result of these kind of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home".
Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford decades ago when the two were in high school. But Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman made it clear who he believes, informing Democrats in a letter that Kavanaugh "sat for a transcribed interview on Monday" and "we have no reason to doubt the truthfulness of judge Kavanaugh's testimony". Even wavering Republicans who insisted on hearing her before deciding on confirmation said she should show up Monday to testify. She further stated that she would not participate in an interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ford's lawyers had said on Tuesday she would testify only if the FBI first investigated her allegation.
Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation since it became public knowledge last week, but before Ford's name came out.
The jockeying over the hearing underscored the political potency so close to an election that will decide control of both the House and Senate, not to mention the confirmation of a conservative justice likely to serve on the highest United States court for decades. Four of those allegedly present at the party have provided statements to the Committee-Kavanaugh, Judge, Smyth, and Keyser.
Her position mirrored that of Senate Democrats, who complained that Republicans were trying to rush through a cursory examination of her charges so as to expeditiously confirm Kavanaugh. Katz reiterated that desire in her letter.
"Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims".
Ford had said in a letter through her lawyers on Tuesday evening that she wanted an FBI investigation into the matter before she appeared before the Senate committee tasked with reviewing Kavanuagh's nomination.
Republicans decided on Thursday to enlist an independent attorney with experience litigating assault cases to question Ford, according to The Times, rather than having the 11 male Republicans on the committee do so.