Before the judge was set to appear at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the president reportedly called Kavanaugh to offer some Trumpian advice: be aggressive. A shocking new accusation has been made against the 53-year-old Supreme Court nominee about a violent sexual incident that happened in 1998.
While I would gladly welcome the opportunity to work with President Trump on a new nominee for the critically important position, if Judge Kavanaugh's nomination comes before the full Senate for a vote under these circumstances, I will oppose it.
Two key undecided Republican votes remain: Alaska Sen.
The fence-sitting Republicans are toeing the party line on Kavanaugh.
Mr Flake clarified that he was backing the motion to send Judge Kavanaugh's nomination for a full vote on the Senate floor but would not support his confirmation without the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.
Even if senators turn vote down his confirmation, he said, "you'll never get me to quit".
Four senators - Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake along with Democrat Joe Manchin - are seen as possible swing voters whose decisions will determine whether Kavanaugh is approved or rejected. "She will testify that Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted her when they both attended private schools in a tony suburb outside Washington".
Asked whether there were signs of Republicans wavering in their support of Kavanaugh, Sen.
The judiciary panel's 11 Republicans - all men - let Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, ask their questions. "When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually".
Trump missed hardly a moment of the proceedings, relying on DVRs to keep up on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday from his private office on Air Force One as he travelled from NY to Washington, and continued monitoring back at the White House, where Ford's voice echoed from TVs around the building.
"If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman's report of an assault", the America magazine editors wrote. "The committee is going to vote".
"I think that would be a big mistake", Wallace added. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".
Former Justice Neil Gorsuch nomination communication strategist Ron Bonjean says any argument to impeach Judge Brett Kavanaugh after being confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice will fire up the conservative base.
Mr Kavanaugh, now 53, has denied them all and awaited his own chance to give evidence later.
"It's shameful what has gone on in this country in the last two weeks", Montana Sen.
Leahy said it's not that Democrats are trying to delay the nomination ahead of the midterm elections as Republicans contend.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes the full Senate will quickly deliver a final, positive verdict on Kavanaugh - possibly as soon as Tuesday.