Mark Judge has no memory of the alleged sexual assault committed by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, he said in a letter Tuesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
However, it is unclear whether Ford will appear at the scheduled hearing as the committee has not yet received a reply to Grassley's invitation.
"Dr Ford's testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events", Grassley said in a statement. And in recognition of how hard it can be to discuss allegations of this kind in public, I have also offered her the choice of testifying in either a public or closed session of the hearing.
She said it's "shocking but not surprising" that President Trump does not believe that the FBI should investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the Republican chair of the Senate Finance Committee, pushed back on Ford's request for an FBI investigation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee who was first informed of Ford's accusation in July when the woman requested anonymity, denounced Republicans' efforts to limit the hearing to two witnesses.
Judge Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations.
Donald Trump would accept 'a little delay' on Brett Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh denies the allegation, but his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford , came back with an offer to testify publicly to Congress. The fast-developing story has set Kavanaugh's nomination on an uncertain course, just days ahead of a scheduled committee vote.
Ford has said she would consider testifying if certain conditions are met. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are discussing how to proceed, and it remains unclear whether a new hearing will be held next week. "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone. I believe her. And now we have to do more than say, 'Well, look at the timing!' and 'Well, it's all politically motivated!'" Hirono said to Politico.
Trump, who has repeatedly brushed off allegations of his own sexual misconduct, has so far stood by the judge and on Tuesday he again called him "outstanding". When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
Her lawyers previously suggested that the committee's senators question their client, not an outside counsel. However, the public did not know Ford was Kavanaugh's accuser until she came forward in an interview with the Washington Post that was published on Sunday. "That's why they're asking for an FBI background investigation".
Kavanaugh on Monday issued a fresh denial of the allegations, which have roiled his confirmation process. Ford has listed a set of requirements for her to testify.
Democrats rejected that plan, saying the seriousness of the charges merited a full FBI investigation.