Then, a week ago, the Intercept online news site reported on a letter containing possibly damaging information about Kavanaugh.
"'We have no power to commandeer an Executive Branch agency into conducting our due diligence", Grassley wrote.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Washington.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party in 1982 when he was 17 years old and she was 15. Kevin De Leon, for withholding Christine Blasey Ford's allegations about Brett Kavanaugh for weeks.
And Ford's lawyer told NPR this week that the party occurred in the summertime. "Senators must decide what standard to apply in deciding whether Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed, and we need to find actionable facts and evidence", the Utah Republican wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner.
But, King said, that's not why she is standing by Blasey Ford.
The Justice Department has said the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent Ford's initial letter making the allegation against Kavanaugh to the White House and considers its role in the matter complete.
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"It is not the FBI's role to investigate a matter such as this", wrote Grassley, who also sent a letter to committee Democrats formally rejecting their bid for the FBI to investigate. The lawyers argue that some senators appear to have already decided that they believe Kavanaugh instead of Ford.
Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she would testify before the committee only if the FBI first investigates her allegation.
The statement again extended an invitation to Ford to speak to the committee. "And his family. I think it is a very unfair thing what's going on", he said.
A Senate committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination has been delayed.
A Republican senator lashed out Wednesday against Donald Trump Jr. for a weekend Instagram post mocking the woman at the center of this year's Supreme Court nomination fight. He said it was "very hard" for him to imagine that Kavanaugh had acted as Ford has described.
No matter the outcome, Democrats should be held responsible for circumventing the process that protects people like Ford, Hatch said.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, said today he wants "to hear what she has to say", "feels awful for...the unfair process" Kavanaugh has been subjected to.