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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, on Nov. 15, 2017. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM

U.S. Senate Republicans were reportedly moving to hire outside counsel to handle the questioning of Christine Blasey Ford at what was still an uncertain public hearing where she would claim Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago in high school.

Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz of Washington’s Katz Marshall & Banks, on Thursday told Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, that Ford was willing to testify next week but only under certain conditions and with assurances of her safety, according to reports. Katz did not repeat a demand, made earlier this week, that the committee first ask the FBI to investigate her allegations before a hearing took place.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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