As it is now, without her testimony, it is nearly certain that Judge Kavanaugh will soon become Justice Kavanaugh. As sexual assault claims swirl over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, lawmakers overseeing his confirmation face one political landmine after another.
Gillibrand also argued that Ford's call for an FBI investigation bolstered her credibility.
One key witness in the allegation appeared reluctant to discuss the incident or has no memory of it.
The senate committee looking into Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation has invited Professor Blasey Ford to give evidence on Monday, but she says she wants an FBI investigation into her allegations first.
She told NPR she did hear of a "buzz" about an incident like it happening at a party and maintains she still believes Ford.
"Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago", a statement from Banks said.
Banks reiterated that Ford has had to leave her home because of threats to her family's safety and said, "Fairness and respect for her situation dictate that she should have time to deal with this". "Her strong preference continues to be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to allow for a full investigation prior to her testimony".
Chairman Chuck Grassely set the deadline in a letter he sent to the attorney of Christine Blasey Ford on Wednesday, giving the woman until Friday morning to respond to the committee's invitation scheduled for Monday.
She asked Kavanaugh, "Since you became a legal adult, have you ever made any unwanted requests for sexual favors or committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature?" as well as "Have you ever faced discipline or entered into a settlement related to this kind of conduct?" He said it would be "wonderful" if Ford testified and "unfortunate" otherwise.
Dems call for delay of Kavanaugh vote after accuser comes forward
Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the vote should be postponed until the committee heard from Ford. She also said that "Judge Kavanaugh should also testify as to these 36-year-old allegations".
While most Republicans have expressed support for Mr Kavanaugh, they have largely been careful to not criticise Professor Blasey Ford's assertions about what she says happened.
This charge seems to place more value on the Senate's calendar than it does on the importance of justice, the integrity of the Supreme Court, and the dignity of sexual abuse victims. Some Republicans have urged their colleagues to get past Ford's allegations and proceed with a vote.
"A hearing on Monday is not possible and the Committee's insistence that it occur then is arbitrary in any event", Katz said in the email. As of right now, there is no indication that the White House will be instructing the FBI to investigate this matter, meaning that Ford is currently not slated to appear before the Judiciary Committee on Monday anyway.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he had "a lot of questions" for Kavanaugh.
But he said the Judiciary Committee should consider proceeding with a vote if she does not testify under oath.
What are Republicans hiding about Kavanaugh? It remained unclear Tuesday if Ford would participate.
"Her decision had been awaited by those watching her close re-election battle with Republican Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, who has urged Kavanaugh's swift confirmation".
Her lawyer said that before her client goes to Congress, she wants an FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh.