Ford and Kavanaugh have both expressed a willingness to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the alleged assault, but Ford and her legal team want the FBI to investigate the incident before such a hearing is held.
Blasey Ford's allegations resulted in the Senate Judiciary Committee indefinitely delaying a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh's nomination planned for Thursday.
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. He said it was "very hard" for him to imagine that Kavanaugh had acted as Ford has described.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied Ford's allegations.
Ford would be called on to "fill in her story", Hatch said.
"I certainly understand and respect Dr. Ford's desire for an investigation of her allegations".
"I don't doubt that she believes what she says, and in fact, I have a responsibility to give deference to that, at least until I hear it, and to make a determination afterwards if it is possible to make a determination", Grassley told reporters in Iowa. Republicans have said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be doing nothing more than what committee staffers could achieve by interviewing Kavanaugh and Ford.
"No other outside investigation is necessary", he said on Twitter.
Kavanaugh has said he would appear at that hearing.
In the interview with George Stephanopoulos, Hill strongly supported Ford's request that the FBI investigate the incident before the Senate goes through with hearings, because, "the hearing questions need to have a frame", and an investigation would inform the questions senators can ask.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday showed a growing number of Americans opposing Kavanaugh's nomination.
Palo Alto University issued a statement supporting Ford. "He also accused Democrats of "refusing to cooperate" in the investigation". Ford has said Judge witnessed the alleged assault.
Why? Because he has no recollection of the incident, he said. In the letter he said he did not see any "improper conduct" by Kavanaugh, a classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the letter.
Ford told the Post, "I thought he might inadvertently kill me".
King's post has since been deleted, but the Daily News was able to verify its authenticity. She later deleted her account.