Ford divulged the details of her charge in a nationally televised hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, and two more women have come forward publicly claiming episodes of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. But allegations of sex assault - including riveting testimony by Christine Blasey Ford, whose statements alleging a high school attack at the hands of the jurist were beamed around the world on Thursday - have made some of Kavanaugh's ardent supporters step back.
On Friday, as half of the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee walked out of a meeting in which Republicans decided along party lines to schedule a vote on Kavanaugh, Feinstein stayed put and called this moment a test of whether the country has learned from the 1991 controversy that led her to the Senate.
All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have demanded that President Donald Trump either withdraw Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh from consideration or order the FBI to investigate the multiple sexual misconduct allegations that have been thrown at the Circuit Court judge.
Flake faced intense scrutiny on social media because despite his call for a FBI investigation, he still voted "yes" on Kavanaugh's approval by the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Tom Cotton addressed the hearing on Twitter saying, "If FBI investigation is limited to "current credible allegations" against Kavanaugh, then it should be over now, because there are no credible allegations against him". Her letter focused on addressing the issues of sexual assault, endangerment and alcohol abuse with students.
As Trump greenlighted the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, which he had previously opposed, some GOP senators took to Twitter to voice support to the decision, while others cast doubt on its necessity.
Flake, who at one point Friday was confronted by two women who tearfully and angrily urged him to consider the pain of sexual assault survivors, was soon joined by Sens. One self-described liberal Democrat who advised him at Yale said that Judge Kavanaugh, quote, 'commands wide and deep respect among scholars, lawyers, and jurists.' And this praise has been echoed by hundreds of character witnesses who have testified before the Senate or written us letters to praise Judge Kavanaugh's personal character and his integrity in the strongest terms.
The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation next week.
"That will be a decision they are going to make", he said.
Perhaps. The FBI has wide discretion in determining the scope of the investigation.
The one week delay is to enable the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations.
The second most-powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate, John Cornyn, on Friday said the chamber would meet on Saturday at noon to vote on a procedural motion on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
"I'll be totally reliant on what they decide to do", he said.
It would be a unsafe precedent to deny Kavanaugh's appointment because of an unsubstantiated and unprovable allegation. "Mark Judge is in hiding instead of under subpoena, and that greatest legal engine has been deliberately disabled in this matter". Also, all the people Ford claims were at the event deny any knowledge of it. It would then be presented to the White House, which would then give the report to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In any case, it's a big deal: A week is a long time, longer than the three or four days some Democrats suggested yesterday, and we can probably expect Kavanaugh to withdraw before it's over.
When asked whether there was any chance she was mistaken about the identity of her attacker, Blasey Ford said, "Absolutely not".