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The sister-in-law of Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who's accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as teenagers, said on "Good Morning America" that "I don't see any possibility" that Ford is mistaken.

Faced with a backlash against accuser Christine Blasey Ford's refusal to testify next Monday, her lawyer suddenly shifted strategy - saying Ford's prepared to testify "next week," but only under "fair" terms.

Ford's lawyers told the committee she refuses to appear at a hearing scheduled for Monday, where the accused nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wants to give his side of the story.

Ford has said she wants the FBI to investigate her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s.

Ford's legal team has said she strongly prefers that her allegations are fully investigated before she testifies. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, acknowledged the seriousness of the accusation but said that "at the same time, this is no country for denying people due process." Sen. The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI investigate these claims. Republicans are unlikely to agree to calling witnesses aside from Ford and Kavanaugh.

Ford said she "knew them both, and socialized with" them, according to a Washington Post report published Thursday.

The accusation has jarred the 53-year-old conservative jurist's prospects for winning confirmation, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.

Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh's confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination.

Ford has also made it clear that she wants to be questioned by senators rather than outside counsel, Borger noted. She called on the FBI to investigate the assault allegation "and all the threats she's undergoing". The conversation also touched on security concerns and others issues, according to a Senate aide who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because public discussion of the matter was unauthorized.

Republican leaders trying to keep GOP senators behind Kavanaugh are offering Ford a chance to describe her allegation, either in a hearing room before television cameras or in private.

On Thursday, most Republicans had stuck to the timeline of holding a hearing on Monday, as well as Grassley's decision to limit the hearing to two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Ford.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, who has encouraged Ford to be heard, said on CNN on Friday that Ford's requests were a "laundry list of demands". Normally, senators exercise this authority by delegating to the Judiciary Committee the task of conducting hearings. "So, that being said, I would just say the president and I believe that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will make an outstanding addition to the Supreme Court of the United States".

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Grassley, said: "We are happy that Dr. Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee".