Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley issued an ultimatum to Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser and her legal team on Friday.
Grassley is giving them until 10 p.m. tonight to respond to the committee’s offer to let her testify or the Senate will go forward with Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.
"Despite the fact that the July 30th letter remains hidden, my committee has been investigating the allegations and has heard from multiple witnesses since Sunday," Grassley said in a statement.
He continued, ”Ms. Katz has discussed Dr. Ford's allegations in numerous media interviews and said on TV Monday morning that Dr. Ford wants to share her account with the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s Friday night and nothing's been agreed to despite our extensive efforts to make testimony possible.”
Once again, Grassley offered to extend his original deadline. This time, to 10 p.m. on Friday night.
"I'm extending the deadline for response yet again to 10 o'clock this evening," Grassley added. "I'm providing a notice of a vote to occur Monday in the event that Dr. Ford's attorneys don't respond or Dr. Ford decides not to testify."
However, Grassley said he will postpone the vote if they can come to a “reasonable resolution.”
So far, Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault over 30 years ago, has sought to delay her testimony at every turn. She has made a number of demands in exchange for her testimony, some of which the committee agreed to and others they refused.
From the beginning, Kavanuagh has strongly denied Ford's allegation.
"I continue to want a hearing as soon as possible, so that I can clear my name. Since the moment I first heard this allegation, I have categorically and unequivocally denied it. I remain committed to defending my integrity," Kavanaugh said in a statement to the committee.
Now the entire nation waits for Ford's response to the ultimatum.